Sandy Alderson said today he’s met with R.A. Dickey’s agent in Nashville, but negotiations are ongoing and it remains to be seen if a gap in contract talks can be bridged, which you can read more about here.
In short, it seems the two sides agree on years not money.
“There is something longer term that would appeal to us and something shorter term,” Dickey’s agent told ESPN New York.
Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, reports have linked the Dodgers, D-Backs, Royals, Blue Jays, Rockies, Red Sox, Orioles, Nationals, Rangers and Brewers as all having some level of interest in acquiring Dickey before a contract extension is worked out.
Earlier today, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone said the Mets are asking for at least two top prospects, including your team’s best hitting prospect, and maybe a back-up catcher, in a possible deal for Dickey.
“The Mets will have legit trade offers to pick over,” a source with knowledge of the situation told Cerrone, despite the Rays being in the market for a similar young bat and offering James Shields in the deal.
In the event Alderson decides to make a trade, keep a close eye on the Rangers, a good source told Andy Martino of the Daily News today.
On the other hand, Brewers GM Doug Melvin said he talked to the Mets about Dickey, but before exchanging names the two sides determined there wasn’t a match, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Similarly, talks between the Mets and Royals are ‘dead,’ if Alderson wants top hitting prospect Wil Myers for Dickey, Bob Dutton reports for the Kansas City Star. Earlier today, ESPN’s Adam Rubin said the Mets have been pursuing Myers, according to multiple sources.
Nevertheless, according to CBS Sports.com’s Jon Heyman, the Angels, Dodgers, Indians, Mariners, PIrates, Royals, Rangers, Cubs, Twins, Tigers, Orioles, Blue Jays, D-Backs and Red Sox are all in the market for a starting pitcher.
In the end, though the Mets may say they’d like a resolution to Dickey’s situation ASAP, they realize it may need to wait until they get back to New York, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.