Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I'd trade Dickey still don't like neg. spin by Mets

There are two separate but equally negative stories here regarding the Mets and I think they are being blurred into one.

 The first is the comments by Alderson yesterday saying that the 2013 roster will be similar to the 2012, after most of us believed there would be wholesale changes.  That is a separate issue from the handling of the R.A. Dickey negotiation, although; due to timing they appear to be linked.

It's not like the Mets couldn't find a trade partner for Dickey and since he was their only avenue to address the roster they are now stuck with the same players.  The Mets are reportedly willing to increase the budget to 105 M and currently are only obligated to 75 M.  They could have easily filled several holes via free agency, now many of the appealing mid-level FA are already signed.

But even if there are more financial restraints they're not admitting to, where are the creative trades with other players not named Dickey and waiver claims.  Toronto seemed to be claiming a player a day for about two weeks, we haven't claimed a player since our current back-up catcher in October and the roster is only at 37 players.  I've also suggested shuffling the deck, for example sending Duda to a team looking for a DH and getting back a major leaguer who doesn't fit his current club.

The Dickey negotiations are a completely different matter and I had no problem with how they were handling the situation until yesterday.  I'm actually in the camp that if you can get a top notch prospect you send Dickey now, he's a 38 y/o who isn't in the long term plans and his value is at it's highest.  I completely get stringing him along while hoping for the best package, in the end I would accept Olt and a few lower level guys, so with me he'd probably be gone already.

But in the current situation why the heck would you bring him to a charity event that has the potential to blow up in your face like it did.  He's a fan favorite, of course; he's going to use his only leverage, the media in an attempt to force the Mets into an extension.

Then you make it worse by leaking that your upset over his comments, creating this entire controversy and playing into Dickey's hand.  Finally today the character assassination begins, now for the first time ever there are suddenly concerns over his off-field activities and how that will impact the clubhouse.  Mets this is a poor hand to play, either sign or trade him,  whatever you feel is best for the team but this shouldn't be the approach.  There is no need to give people excuses for the decision or to attempt to defect blame for those who would be mad over your decisions.

If you choose this script we already know whats next, leaking of a ridiculous number he's asking for or a reasonable offer he turned down.  We've seen this approach too often in the past we won't be tricked and it would only make you look bad.  Take the higher ground approach, call it what it is a baseball decision, no emotions and no excuses...

The Mets, meanwhile, have mounting concerns whether all of Dickey’s off-the-field endeavors could impact his on-field results or his standing in the clubhouse if the perception is that he has become too absorbed with his new celebrity. source NY Post