Game One of the World Series has come and gone, and there are still no contracts for David Wright or R.A. Dickey. It was originally reported by the New York Post that deals for both could be accomplished before the start of the Fall Classic. As we now know, that did not happen. In fact, a report surfaced yesterday that contract negations with the All-Stars are in the preliminary stages and haven’t yet reached the point of discussing dollars or years. This doesn’t mean that deals won’t happen. It is known that the Mets will pick up the option on both ($16 million for Wright and $5 million for Dickey) when they are required to three days after the conclusion of the World Series. Any deal that is struck with the faces of the franchise will kick in for 2014 – Sandy Alderson has said their 2013 salaries are locked in at the option price. However, reports are out there now that people in the organization remain confident that Wright will be resigned but remain speculative on Dickey, and think he could easily be traded.
In my opinion, Wright will sign - this is not an issue. The issue now turns to Dickey. He is will be 38 years on Opening Day next year, and although he is a knuckleballer, most feel he likely won’t be able to pitch into his late 40s he throws harder than other knuckleball pitchers. Dickey had a Cy Young caliber season and was by far the most attractive selling point the Mets had once their season turned south. I feel Dickey is worth more to the Mets as a player than he is a trade piece. It was speculated that he could return three organizational top prospects, but this price seems high to me. Although the Mets do lack depth in the farm system for position players, Dickey on the big league club seems to bring more value than potential prospects.