In an interesting twist that probably won’t go very far, Joel Sherman reports (via Twitter) that “all 5 AL East teams” have contacted the Mets about RA Dickey, the knuckleballer and reigning NL Cy young winner.
Dickey has one year left on his deal and negotiations for a long-term contract have yet to produce a resolution. As a result, the Mets have been fielding trade offers. Dickey, 38, will make just $5 million this season, and is looking for a 2-year, $26 million contract (per Jon Heyman). The Mets have only recently increased their offer to 2-years, $20 million.
Meanwhile, while the Rays probably love that Dickey will be grossly underpaid in 2013 with his current deal, it would be surprising if the Rays are willing to deal the prospects necessary to get a deal done.
According to Heyman, a couple of teams have already offered the Mets “an elite prospect.” However, according to Sherman, the Mets want an elite prospect and at least one other “very good prospect.” The Rays won’t deal Wil Myers and Taylor Guerrieri is probably too young to entice the Mets who would probably want Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee. However, they might take Archer and either Tim Beckham or Mikie Mahtook.
Either way, it is hard to imagine the Rays would give up Archer for one season of Dickey. But man, it is fun to think about a starting pitching staff with both of the 2012 Cy Young winners at the top.