The Mets and Blue Jays spent a lot of time together at the GM Meetings earlier in this month, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The Blue Jays, Royals, Dodgers, Padres, Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, Angels, Rangers and Brewers are all teams motivated to trade for a front-of-the-rotation starting pitcher, like Dickey, Sherman adds.
The Mets have been seeking an outfield bat and right-handed hitting catcher this winter.
As Sherman points out, the Blue Jays now have two power-hitting young catchers in Travis d’Arnaud and J.P. Arencibia (drafted by J.P. Ricciardi), two athletic center fielders in Rajai Davis and Anthony Gose.
Last week, Andy Martino of the Daily News said, while the Mets want a ‘monster package’ for Dickey, they are not yet seeing this level offer from interested teams, making them more inclined to work to re-sign him than trade him.
However, according to Sherman, outside executives say the Mets could expect even more back in a deal if they gave a window to an interested team to work out an extension with Dickey.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
The Mets and Jays talked a lot last season, so much so that people close to the team often mentioned Jon Niese and d’Arnaud. No deal ever materalized, but, with Sherman’s report, plus Ricciardi’s knowledge of their farm system, it stands to reason these teams would again be talking.
Also, reports suggest the Mets have not been proactive in fielding trade offers for Dickey. That’s not what I’ve heard, and I’m happy to see Sherman report something similar. The Mets are talking to teams about Dickey. Is it to trade him? Or, just to gauge his value around the league? I don’t know… time will tell. But, based on other team perceptions around the game, he’s very much available, as the Mets also work to try and sign him to an extension.