According to the New York Post, the Mets first offered a two-year, $14 million contract extension to R.A Dickey. which would start after 2013. He countered by asking for two years and $26 million, after which the Mets came back with two years and $20 million proposal. The Mets are now waiting for Dickey to counter… again.
The Post also reports that the team is not happy with how Dickey used yesterday’s team Holiday Party as an opportunity to air grievances with the pace and progress of these negotiations. At the event, Dickey said, if the team decides not to extend his contract, he will likely leave as a free agent next winter.
The Post also reports that Dickey turned down a public appearance last week at the request of Fred Wilpon, which the organization was not happy about, plus they have concerns about his off-the-field activities and how it might impact his performance and standing in the clubhouse.
Yesterday’s events could make the Mets move quicker to trade Dickey , the Post adds, since every American League team has inquired about him. However, the Mets continue to ask for two top prospects, a price no team has been willing to pay.
Michael Baron, Contributor
The Mets and Dickey share the blame for what happened yesterday. The event should be about the kids, but it’s a media event and a rare opportunity in the off-season for reporters to talk to players – so, this topic was bound to be discussed. If Dickey is traded, it would be a terrible way to end what was one of the more positive and popular players in team history.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I blame the Mets much more in the previous post, but it’s also very likely Dickey knew what he was doing. He’s a smart, calculated guy, and I’m sure he took advantage of yesterday’s media opportunity to essentially threaten the Mets in public with leaving next year as a free agent. Or, at the very least, get us all fired up at the idea of him being scorned and mistreated, which, judging by Twitter, is exactly what happened. Of course, the best way for the Mets to avoid having him say these things would either be: a) get a deal done, or b) don’t put reporters in his face.