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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Megdal: ‘Too absorbed with his new celebrity’ The sliming of R.A. Dickey

That’s great. Actual physical contract. Now, can you move?

After Dickey called out the Mets for an incredibly low contract offer, the team decided to revisit the playbook they used with Anna Benson, and with various players they’ve disagreed with in recent years; they attacked. 

From today’s Post:

  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.

  The Mets already were annoyed, The Post has learned, Dickey last week turned down a personal appearance request from owner Fred Wilpon. 

Here’s Dickey, meanwhile: “In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair. I feel like we’re asking for less than what’s fair because that’s how it’s been for me. There is a surprise sometimes when things don’t get done quickly and you already think you’re extending the olive branch. At the same time, they have a budget they have to adhere to. I don’t know those numbers. And I try not to take it personally.”

That must be hard, when your team’s management is suggesting anonymously, and on the basis of no apparent real-life evidence, that your ego is having an impact on your ability to play well and be a good teammate.

Repoz Posted: December 12, 2012 at 03:51 PM | 215 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Swedish Chef Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4323217)
If they are playing by the Red Sox playbook a trade should be imminent.
   2. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4323218)
It sounds like someone has a grainy photocopy of the Red Sox management playbook.

Edit: Damn it! Bubbly refreshment to the Chef.
   3. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:18 PM (#4323235)
The Mets are so bizarre.
   4. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4323246)
R.A. Dickey. I liked him before he sold out.
   5. asinwreck Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4323247)
Mets management is wishing they could dig up the corpse of Dick Young to help them assassinate the character of the team's best pitcher.
   6. SM Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4323267)
R.A. Dickey was good at first, but then he went too far
   7. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4323286)
The Mets fans in my office are seeing right through this ploy by the Mets. I think attacking Dickey may backfire on them.

The Mets already were annoyed, The Post has learned, Dickey last week turned down a personal appearance request from owner Fred Wilpon.

I love this, too. The Wilpons are just so, so...yech.
   8. Tuque Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4323315)
It seems to me like, on the list of all the players in baseball who you do not want to start a PR war with, Dickey has to be #1 right now.

He's well-informed, well-spoken and universally popular, and he is reportedly asking for an extremely reasonable contract. He is the opposite of Manny Ramirez.
   9. Steve Treder Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM (#4323326)
He's well-informed, well-spoken and universally popular, and he is reportedly asking for an extremely reasonable contract. He is the opposite of Manny Ramirez.

Plus, his story, the long and difficult road he endured before finally achieving his great success, is compelling as hell. He's the furthest thing from a spoiled brat superstar.
   10. bookbook Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4323329)
May I have Dickey for my team, please? Clearly, the Mets are so rich in pitching that they don't need him.
   11. DA Baracus Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM (#4323332)
Dickey last week turned down a personal appearance request from owner Fred Wilpon.


The Mets say that like it's a bad thing.
   12. Benji Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM (#4323333)
They never stop, but like previous posts indicate, this time it will backfire badly. Dickey is a transcending figure, a guy even Yankee and Phillie fans gave props to. Personally I almost hope they get away with not paying him, because it could signal the beginning of the end of the entire regime.
   13. depletion Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:25 PM (#4323360)
I understand Dickey's wife is upset that Nolan Ryan makes so much money. Next book title: "Wherever I wind up, as long as it isn't taking checks signed Wilpon."
coke to asinwreck.
   14. depletion Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4323361)
#6 is brilliant.
   15. Lassus Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4323369)
This is really becoming difficult to believe. Unbelievable and unfathomable in the most literal sense.
   16. JE (Jason) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM (#4323374)
How does RA's contract drama compare to what happened with Jeter?

EDIT: And yes, #6 is brilliant ... and awesome.
   17. Dale Sams Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:49 PM (#4323389)
If they are playing by the Red Sox playbook a trade should be imminent.


SPeaking of which..Sox should be all over this. Make it happen!...without giving into the Mets extravagent demands of course.
   18. Bitter Mouse Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM (#4323390)
The Twins will gladly welcome him back (well I will anyway). And we need pitching in the worst way.
   19. Into the Void Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:53 PM (#4323391)
You can tell he's become totally self-absorbed and obsessed with his celebrity by that appearance he made at the children's hospital for Hurricane Sandy victims. Where does he get off?
   20. PreservedFish Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:55 PM (#4323397)
Do you think that there's some chance that the Mets are acting in a reasonable manner, based on some info we don't have? Or is this just exactly the train wreck it appears to be?
   21. thetailor Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4323400)
I am beginning to actually hate this ownership group. Like, legitimately, as people. The worst part is how absolutely powerless the fan base is to get rid of the Wilpons. Selig will prop them up forever, and Fred would do anything to make sure that Jeff takes over. They can't be toppled, and they get worse and worse.

Like #15 said, it's unbelievable and unfathomable.
   22. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM (#4323404)
Do you think that there's some chance that the Mets are acting in a reasonable manner, based on some info we don't have? Or is this just exactly the train wreck it appears to be?

No, the Wilpons are just total scum.

I hate them, and I dislike the Mets.
   23. Conor Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM (#4323405)
I think you can defend them not signing Dickey yet, as they seem to be exploring the market for him, realizing that he might be their best chance to acquire some hitting talent.

Taking these shots at him in the press is pretty bush league though. Seems like it has Jeff Wilpon written all over it, no?
   24. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:04 PM (#4323406)
Do you think that there's some chance that the Mets are acting in a reasonable manner, based on some info we don't have? Or is this just exactly the train wreck it appears to be?


Yes, and there's also a chance that the Marlins will relocate to Montréal.
   25. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4323408)
Dickey vs. dicks.
   26. RJ in TO Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:12 PM (#4323415)
Like #15 said, it's unbelievable and unfathomable.

Since when is the Mets doing something incredibly dumb unbelievable and unfathomable?
   27. TerpNats Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:21 PM (#4323419)
Mike Rizzo peruses his roster for equivalents to Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman.
   28. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:24 PM (#4323422)
Mike Rizzo peruses his roster for equivalents to Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman.

Nah, the Mets won't trade in division. He should get Arizona involved too. He can probably get Upton and Dickey for three C+ prospects and some pocket lint.
   29. cardsfanboy Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4323427)
Yes, and there's also a chance that the Marlins will relocate to Montréal.


Best response to that question.

   30. Lassus Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM (#4323429)
Since when is the Mets doing something incredibly dumb unbelievable and unfathomable?

Don't make me talk about your commute into hell.
   31. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4323448)
You can tell he's become totally self-absorbed and obsessed with his celebrity by that appearance he made at the children's hospital for Hurricane Sandy victims. Where does he get off?


It never ends with this guy. My son's SI arrived today, and who's on the cover but RA Dickey, out there seeking publicity once again for himself (and his history of childhood sexual abuse and his willingness to step forward and talk about it).

   32. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:29 PM (#4323462)
Dickey's gone.

When have the Wilpons every crapped on a player, then signed/extended him?

This is really becoming difficult to believe. Unbelievable and unfathomable in the most literal sense.
Sad to say, it's very believable and very, er, fathomable.

21. thetailor Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4323400)
I am beginning to actually hate this ownership group. Like, legitimately, as people. The worst part is how absolutely powerless the fan base is to get rid of the Wilpons. Selig will prop them up forever, and Fred would do anything to make sure that Jeff takes over. They can't be toppled, and they get worse and worse.
This demands the question, "Beginning?"

It never ends with this guy. My son's SI arrived today, and who's on the cover but RA Dickey, out there seeking publicity once again for himself (and his history of childhood sexual abuse and his willingness to step forward and talk about it).
What a shameless poser!
   33. smileyy Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:38 PM (#4323464)
[31] He only got molested for the publicity.
   34. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:39 PM (#4323466)
It never ends with this guy. My son's SI arrived today, and who's on the cover but RA Dickey, out there seeking publicity once again for himself (and his history of childhood sexual abuse and his willingness to step forward and talk about it).
Yeah, but obviously Dickey is in danger of letting the child molestation "go to his head."

Seriously, you guys might think I'm just a Nats fan enjoying the clusterfark, but I'm not, not really. As I said earlier, I've been a Dickey fan since his days with the Mariners (when he still wasn't all that great...but showed occasional flashes of the greatness he would later harness consistently). I'm authentically galled by this bullshit. Mets don't want to extend Dickey at extremely reasonable terms? Sure, fine, okay -- that's as dumb in its own way as anything Dayton Moore or Kevin Towers have done recently, but it's not an offense against decency. THIS though, this asinine attempt at trying to run his character down, this John Henry-style crap...this is disgusting. (It would be bad enough if Dickey were asking for unreasonably high contract -- hey, why should that affect his character? -- but it moves into the realm of "outrageous" given that he's actually offering damn generous terms.)

Friggin' Wilpons.
   35. PreservedFish Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM (#4323468)
32 - they very publicly crapped on Wright a year before signing him.
   36. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4323470)
@35--did they? I'll take your word for it though I don't remember, and seize the opportunity to feel very slightly better.
   37. bunyon Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM (#4323471)
I'm on record as saying I expect decline and that pretty quick. But, yeah, the hand wringing negotiation and media crapping. Don't want to sign him? There is a good case to be made. Tell him you aren't interested right now but love having him around. Tell the press you love having him around.

Why ever crap on a player? Even one who isn't a seemingly great guy with an obviously great story? What does it gain a team? I know there is supposed to be a PR boost when/if you get rid of him but anyone over the age of 7 today knows that's the game. All it seems to do is make the ownership/management look bad.
   38. PreservedFish Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:49 PM (#4323473)
Wilp
   39. cardsfanboy Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM (#4323474)
Why ever crap on a player? Even one who isn't a seemingly great guy with an obviously great story? What does it gain a team? I know there is supposed to be a PR boost when/if you get rid of him but anyone over the age of 7 today knows that's the game. All it seems to do is make the ownership/management look bad.


And couldn't that PR boost actually hurt you with getting players back?(assuming the other GM's are as gullible as what you think the common people are?)

I agree with the point, after all as a Cardinal fans, I've seen plenty of players who we have traded or let go, return to the team as either players, coaches, announcing or managers. There is something to say about maintaining good spirits with all of your employees.
   40. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM (#4323476)
I agree with the point, after all as a Cardinal fans, I've seen plenty of players who we have traded or let go, return to the team as either players, coaches, announcing or managers. There is something to say about maintaining good spirits with all of your employees.
Wrong sport, of course, but the best recent model of how to do this is the way the Indianapolis Colts handled the release of Peyton Manning during the off-season. The team owner actually made a joint appearance with Manning at a press conference and explained that, although they loved him and were endlessly grateful for all he'd done for the franchise over the years, they just couldn't take the risk of his salary given the severity of his injuries. (Well, that and having Andrew Luck queued up as a draft pick...) THAT is how you handle letting go of a popular player.
   41. PreservedFish Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:05 PM (#4323478)
Wilpon dissed Wright to the New Yorker. He dissed Reyes and Beltran worse, though.
   42. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:09 PM (#4323480)
I agree with the point, after all as a Cardinal fans, I've seen plenty of players who we have traded or let go, return to the team as either players, coaches, announcing or managers. There is something to say about maintaining good spirits with all of your employees.
Yup. Dickey seems to like NY, so it makes sense to bring him back as a roving instructor when his career ends.
   43. cardsfanboy Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:21 PM (#4323483)
Yup. Dickey seems to like NY, so it makes sense to bring him back as a roving instructor when his career ends.


Kind of what I was thinking, this is a guy who reinvented himself to stick to the majors, this is EXACTLY the guy you want as a coach in your minor leagues.
   44. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:05 PM (#4323501)
Knuckleballers seem to turn into pitching coaches - nature of the work, I guess.
   45. adenzeno Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:26 PM (#4323507)
I cannot begin to fathom the stupidity of the Mets, and I am Mets fan since 1969.....HOW can you not pay the man...he is a knuckleballer..if he loses a few MPH on the pitch he still has a good knuckleball......THIS is the same organization that gave LUIS CASTILLO a 4 year deal, signed OLIVER PEREZ to some idiotic contract and is STILL paying BOBBY BONILLA......Christ almighty WILPONS, pull your heads out of each others butts and WAKE UP... You are on the verge of losing ANY fans you have left...you think $$$ are tight now? Wait until less than a million people come to watch in your crappy park..you will sell a lot of tickets due to corporate buying of season tickets, but no one will show up to the games....The WILPONS are an embarrassment to baseball and people who care about doing things well....
   46. Bob Tufts Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:47 PM (#4323514)
Dickey last week turned down a personal appearance request from owner Fred Wilpon


If Fred Wilpon had only turned down that personal appearance request for lunch with Bernie Madoff, we wouldn't be discussing the need to lowball RA Dickey.
   47. John Northey Posted: December 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM (#4323553)
Heh. Just looked up Bonilla's contract status and found this article. The Mets are paying Bonilla $1.19 million a year from 2011 to 2035, and $250k a year to Bret Saberhagen from 2004 to 2028. ::shakes head:: Nice for those two guys that's for sure. The Mets could've avoided Bonilla's deal by paying him $5.9 million back in 2000.
   48. Lassus Posted: December 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM (#4323556)
Nice for those two guys that's for sure.

Isn't that money a lot less valuable in the future than it is now? -shrug- I never understood why this was so horrible for the Mets, but I admit I'm nothing close to an economist.
   49. Walt Davis Posted: December 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM (#4323570)
You know who else is "too absorbed" with Dickey's celbrity? His fans. As I understand it, this group overlaps significantly with the group known as Mets' fans.* The owners of the Mets might want to take this into consideration.

* Unfortunate but we can't really blame Dickey for this.
   50. PreservedFish Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:14 AM (#4323579)
The Bonilla deal was a direct consequence of the Madoff association. Wilpon paid Bonilla an extremely generous level of interest because he was confident that his other investments would beat that rate. He was astoundingly wrong.
   51. John Northey Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM (#4323584)
The interest rate of 8% is why it is a bad deal. With inflation at 2% (roughly) an 8% guaranteed return is an amazing rate. Basically a $5.9 million investment in 2000 is returning him $1.19 million a year 11 years later - that is a rate most investors would kill for.
   52. Lassus Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM (#4323586)
Ah. OK. Thanks.
   53. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 13, 2012 at 01:01 AM (#4323597)
They can't be toppled, and they get worse and worse.

They said that about the Romanovs, too.
   54. Accent Shallow Posted: December 13, 2012 at 01:11 AM (#4323603)
They can't be toppled, and they get worse and worse.

They said that about the Romanovs, too.


Just so I'm clear, you're advocating the Wilpons be shot in a mine?

I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Well, maybe Selig.
   55. Transmission Posted: December 13, 2012 at 01:13 AM (#4323605)
I first read that as "be shot in a mime."

Which creates all sorts of disturbing questions in my mind.
   56. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 13, 2012 at 02:07 AM (#4323619)
Again, you guys are seriously missing the boat. Yes, $26 million in 2014 and 2015 for Dickey is not unreasonable, but the Mets have him completely over a barrel because it is a huge risk for him to pitch in 2013 at age 38 with just 1/5m in the bank.
   57. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 13, 2012 at 04:39 AM (#4323638)
Again, you guys are seriously missing the boat. Yes, $26 million in 2014 and 2015 for Dickey is not unreasonable, but the Mets have him completely over a barrel because it is a huge risk for him to pitch in 2013 at age 38 with just 1/5m in the bank.


He's made $8M the last 2 years(not counting outside activities), about $10M in his career.

What if he gambles and loses? According to FanGraphs his worst year of the last three (2011) has been worth $11.1M, and FIP undervalues knucklers, BBref has his 2011 about 10% more valuable, so $12M and at the expected market range for WAR in 2014 would likely be worth $16M-$20M (an average starter should soon be worth $12M+ year)..

Obviously injury is the worst risk, so if he has TJ in 2013 what could he make in 2014-2015? It's not unreasonable to think someone will take a flyer on him at least for $5M covering both seasons (probably something like $3M with $10M option and $2M buyout). So one of his absolute worst case scenarios is to end with gross career earnings of about $19M,.

If he just has a mediocre year next year, say a 105 ERA+ over 210 innings, the Mets are in a really tough spot. They either lose him with no compensation, or make a qualifying offer, which means he could make another $13M in 2014 if he accepts. In fact a lot of his downside is making only $18M over the next 2 years, so what's so great about making $25M over 3 years?

What could he win by gambling? His last three years have been worth $43M, or $14M per year according to Fangraphs knuckler devaluing formula. BBRef puts him over 20% higher in WAR, so $17M/year. In the new spending era those years may be worth as much as $25M on average (and 2012 worth $35M). And this is a guy with some potential upside left, who has over the last 4 years made a steady progression of improvement, as if he's finally "figured it out", and with a style famous for the career longevity of its practitioners.

If he puts together another solid season, say midway between 2011 and 2012, maybea 3.3 ERA over 220 innings, he could very easily get a 2 year $45M deal or a 3 year $60M deal. So the upside of his gamble is to make an extra $25M over the next three years.

The mets are offering to fix hs worst case career earnings at the end of 2015 at $35M, but if he gambles he's still nearly a lock for $20M in career earnings (and that happens probably less than one time in ten, certainly less than the 2 year $18M downside scenario) and he could make $60M in career earnings by the end of 2015 maybe 1 in 4 times.

It seems like Dickey would be foolish not to gamble. First, he doesn't seem like a big spender, so 2013 alone is probably enough to retire on (given the lucrative pension he's in line for too). Secondly the utility between the after tax of $35M (maybe $14M) and $20M (maybe $8M) isnt that great a risk, esp. with a six figure pension. Thirdly, it's unlikely he'll ever have an opportunity ever again to get a significant multiyear deal,, by 2015 he may be back to 1 year deals and a league average pitcher. He only needs one more solid year to cash in.

And most importantly of all, he can stick it to those dirty Wilpons and get himself to a much better team.That has a psychic utility that must be huge after the whiny backstabbing character assassination they just attempted..

The Mets have more risk here and they just made it worse.
   58. adenzeno Posted: December 13, 2012 at 07:00 AM (#4323644)
He cannot have a TJ injury....he was born without that ligament in his elbow, so that is not even a risk. I hope that he needs to play out his option and become a FA after this year...screw the Wilponzis...they are idiots
   59. jyjjy Posted: December 13, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4323650)
Secondly the utility between the after tax of $35M (maybe $14M) and $20M (maybe $8M)

The GOP is going to cave so hard in negotiations the top tax rate goes up to 60%?
   60. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: December 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4323677)
Someone oughta sic the Reds and Indians on the Wilpons. They'll take care of the Met's Dickey problem, the same way they did for the DBacks and their Bauer problem.
   61. Gamingboy Posted: December 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM (#4323685)
Only the Mets. Okay, maybe not only the Mets, but if you were to describe the situation, the Mets would be the first to pop into my mind.
   62. Foghorn Leghorn Posted: December 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM (#4323788)
I don't see an actual quote where anyone says anything close to that. Just sportwriter story creation.
   63. Ron J2 Posted: December 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4323831)
#62. Just another Wilpon fanboy.

(I kid because I love)
   64. Foghorn Leghorn Posted: December 13, 2012 at 01:44 PM (#4323835)
heh. That sounds like an offhand remark that someone makes they don't rellay believe. Running with that is just junk.
   65. Ron J2 Posted: December 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4323853)
#64 I'm crushed.

To be clear, I totally agree. Based on what's actually provided we have a sportswriter who's jumped ahead of the actual data. I like Howard, but he doesn't have much in the article to back up his claim.

I am of course predisposed to believe that the Mets are doing something crass and stupid. (but I'm closer to Ray on the actual situation than most people here. Failing to extend Dickey could make objective sense)
   66. Squash Posted: December 13, 2012 at 02:28 PM (#4323887)
The Bonilla deal was a direct consequence of the Madoff association. Wilpon paid Bonilla an extremely generous level of interest because he was confident that his other investments would beat that rate. He was astoundingly wrong.

It's not only Madoff (as you do mention) - in 2000, people had gotten used to the idea that merely by investing in the broad stock market one was guaranteed ~10% a year. 10% for Madoff actually would have been an off year. The Wilpons, like a lot of other people, simply assumed blue skies were going to last forever. They were indeed astoundingly wrong.
   67. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4323956)
The GOP is going to cave so hard in negotiations the top tax rate goes up to 60%?


Clinton era top rates plus NYC top rate is roughly 47%. Then you have agents fees/commissions.

And you have to spend something on living expenses, my guess was Dickey couldnt save more than 40% of his gross salary.
   68. Swedish Chef Posted: December 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM (#4324021)
Clinton era top rates plus NYC top rate is roughly 47%.

I seem to remember that MLB players pays taxes where the games are played (which must be an accountant's wet dream/nightmare), so they don't have to pay NYC taxes for half the salary.
   69. HowardMegdal Posted: December 13, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4324112)
To be clear, I totally agree. Based on what's actually provided we have a sportswriter who's jumped ahead of the actual data. I like Howard, but he doesn't have much in the article to back up his claim.

I'm confused. What claim?
   70. depletion Posted: December 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4324132)
in 2000, people had gotten used to the idea that merely by investing in the broad stock market one was guaranteed ~10% a year

April 14, 2000 was the NASDAQ tech crash. A lot of people took that as a sign to back off a bit.
   71. slackerjack Posted: December 13, 2012 at 09:50 PM (#4324391)
The mets are offering to fix hs worst case career earnings at the end of 2015 at $35M


This math seems kind of off. The Mets offer is 2/16 for 2014/2015. It would mean a total of $21 million for the next 3 years. He's made 7.8 MM so far on his current contract, so that would put him at just under $30 MM for his career.

What people are losing sight of is that he's been worth at least 15 MM per season for the last 3 years. The Mets have and will be getting a deep, deep discount on his services. It's a little insulting to turn around and try to lowball him after all of the contributions he made over the past 3 seasons.

This is a pretty humble guy, he's not making any ridiculous demands for either money or contract length. But if he pitches well next year someone is going to offer him a lot more than 2 years for 26 MM.
   72. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 14, 2012 at 02:21 AM (#4324519)
This math seems kind of off. The Mets offer is 2/16 for 2014/2015. It would mean a total of $21 million for the next 3 years. He's made 7.8 MM so far on his current contract, so that would put him at just under $30 MM for his career.


According to Cots his career earnings are about $10M, including this year, because of a bunch of minimum wage MLB seasons.

If the Mets really are only offering a 2/$16M extension after the $5M option for next year, it's completely ludicrous. If he's just decent next year he'll make $16M a year or more as a free agent, and again the Mets have to make him 1 year/$13M qualifying offer (or $14M-$15M given rising ave. salaries) just to get any compensation when he leaves. He only has to gamble for a single season, and likely less (when he's traded the acquiring team will likely snap offer a 2/$30M extension to lock him down).

The Mets were clearly afraid if they offer anything that's even close to a reasonable home team discount Dickey would have taken it, so they lowballed him far below that as a PR ploy to the fans while they focus on their number one plan, trading him.

When one of the best people in baseball works for two of the worst people in baseball, a parting of the ways is as far from a tragedy as possible
   73. Flynn Posted: December 14, 2012 at 06:11 AM (#4324538)
It's not even a good PR ploy. I really struggle to think of many, if any, Mets fans who are taking Fred and Jeff Wilpon's side over Dickey's. I know there are some people who hate the players for being better and in more demand at something than they are but...it's the freakin' Wilpons.
   74. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM (#4324655)
I've only read the Mets are offering 2/20 versus the 2/26 Dickey wants. Where is the 2/16 offer being reported?

Posted elsewhere, but if your pitching is as thin as just about any team in the majors, and you're trading a Cy Young winner willing to sign at worst a reasonable extension in order to get an OF hitting prospect, your organization is probably screwed whether you keep Dickey or not.

In which case, pay him.

I don't give a #### about the Wilpons' pocketbook, but isn't there probably a point at which your team is so uninteresting that it gets little coverage, people stop thinking of your .450 team's Thursday game at least as kind of a fun place to take the kids? Dickey's brought the team a lot of good publicity. With his book, his story, his hike on Kilimanjaro, he's brought them more pub than Wright, and will probably continue to do so. Shouldn't that translate into dollars (Howard certainly has a better sense of how many dollars than I would), and shouldn't that add at least a little to what the Mets are willing to offer Dickey?

This isn't a case where your best player, more of less, wants 6/108 and you really, really think 5/75 is what he's worth. Losing your ace and most popular player over a utility infielder's salary because "you've got him over a barrel" is fantastically shortsighted.

It's not even a good PR ploy.

Yup. The Cardinals handling of Pujols in his walk year was an example of good PR. The Wilpon's lowball offer to Dickey is no more convincing than their silly offer last year to Reyes. It's not credible to anyone paying any attention to the situation.

edit: Metsblog has the offer as 2/16 at the Winter Meetings, boosted to 2/20.

http://metsblog.com/rumors/ra-dickey/mets-increase-contract-offer-to-dickey-trade-to-texas-unlikely/

   75. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4324675)
NY Post, December 13th

According to an industry source, the Mets consider four teams as “serious” potential trade partners. What defines “serious” at this point? A willingness to include one top prospect in a deal for Dickey. Nevertheless, the Mets aren’t budging from their position of seeking multiple highly rated prospects in any trade for the Cy Young Award winner, and haven’t yet found a team willing to make such a deal.

The Mets have not spoken to the Rangers since the Winter Meetings, according to sources, but Texas and Toronto remain the most logical destinations if Dickey is traded. The Mets have asked the Rangers for stud prospect Mike Olt as part of a deal for Dickey. The Mets are believed to have asked the Blue Jays for highly regarded catcher Travis d’Arnaud as part of a package.

The latest contract offer the Mets have extended Dickey is for two years and $20 million, beginning in 2014. The 38-year-old knuckleballer is signed for $5 million next season.


How would you structure an option year in an offer to Dickey? The Mets are afraid of Dickey's being bad, or out of the game by 2016, not that he's going to be chugging along at his 2012 level and they won't be able to sign him after the 2015 season.
   76. formerly dp Posted: December 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4324692)
Am I missing something with Olt? Hit well in the Texas League as a 23 year-old, albeit with a ton of strikeouts, primarily a 3B/1B, the 2 positions where the Mets have quality hitters already in place. If that's the top prospect the Mets could get back in a Dickey deal, they should hold him.
   77. JJ1986 Posted: December 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4324698)
They don't have Dickey over a barrel. Even if he missed the entire season, or put up a 6 ERA, he'd still get a multi-million dollar contract offer next year.
   78. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM (#4324700)
@77--agreed, but Ray thinks they do.
   79. RJ in TO Posted: December 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM (#4324717)
The Mets are believed to have asked the Blue Jays for highly regarded catcher Travis d’Arnaud as part of a package.

While this is most certainly a reasonable request from the Mets, it would leave the Jays with either Arencibia or Buck trying to catch a knuckler. That's not something I particularly want to see.
   80. Ravecc Posted: December 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4324718)
I'd increase the offer to:

2m signing bonus
10m ea for 2014 and 2015
6m 2016 option or 2m buyout
   81. formerly dp Posted: December 14, 2012 at 01:12 PM (#4324779)
That's not something I particularly want to see.
How is d'Arnaud's defensive rep? I have a "good hit catchers can't field" stereotype floating around for the Piazza years...
   82. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4324800)
Arnaud's a hell of a hitter, but 19BBs in 303 PAs isn't so hot. 23 for a catcher in AAA is perfectly fine.

Why was he limited to 67 games in 2012?

I'd increase the offer to:

2m signing bonus
10m ea for 2014 and 2015
6m 2016 option or 2m buyout
So you're going 2/3 of the way to Dickey's asking price of 2/26, with the possibility of a great deal for the Mets in 2016?

Seems not unreasonable, but I'm not sure how to evaluate the option. It probably tilts the offer to the point where the Mets aren't going halfway.
   83. PreservedFish Posted: December 14, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4324810)
79 - you guys can have Nickeas.
   84. RJ in TO Posted: December 14, 2012 at 02:14 PM (#4324842)
Why was he limited to 67 games in 2012?

He tore his PCL in June.
   85. RJ in TO Posted: December 14, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4324852)
79 - you guys can have Nickeas.

What sort of horrible thing have I done to you to deserve such hatred?
   86. JJ1986 Posted: December 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4324855)
What sort of horrible thing have I done to you to deserve such hatred?


Would you prefer Rob Johnson?
   87. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: December 14, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4325029)
Per Metsblog:

“The Mets are telling clubs that they have an acceptable trade offer for R.A. Dickey, but they are trying to get an even better package,” a source told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

   88. formerly dp Posted: December 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4325050)
#87: I don't like the sound of "acceptable".

#82: If you were hitting at Las Vegas, you probably wouldn't take very many pitches either. Following Blue Jay hitting/pitching prospects since they relocated the AAA team to Vegas has been really tricky-- Arencibia put up a .624 slugging percentage there in 2010, with 32 homers. They can't get out of that league fast enough.

What sort of horrible thing have I done to you to deserve such hatred?
Nickeas really is a far better player than his numbers indicate. I promise.
   89. RJ in TO Posted: December 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM (#4325057)
Nickeas really is a far better player than his numbers indicate. I promise.

I would hope so, as it's damn hard to imagine he could be worse.

Also, you're right about the Las Vegas issue. The Jays have moved their AAA team to Buffalo for next year, which should make it a lot easier to figure out whether or not these hitting (and pitching) prospects are actually any good, or just products of a completely unbalanced hitting environment.
   90. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: December 14, 2012 at 05:02 PM (#4325068)
#87: I don't like the sound of "acceptable".



Come on - read the context. It's not a comment on the quality of the offer. They've made it known they're looking for 2 top prospects. They have an offer they would do, but are looking for an "even better" one. What actually materializes remains to be seen. It does sound like RA is as good as gone though.
   91. billyshears Posted: December 14, 2012 at 05:23 PM (#4325091)
Even though I think this is the right move, I find myself kind of sad at the thought of trading Dickey.
   92. RJ in TO Posted: December 14, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4325095)
Even though I think this is the right move, I find myself kind of sad at the thought of trading Dickey.

Prepare to be sad. Robothal is reporting an agreement with Toronto. It's just being held up, as Dickey doesn't want to agree to an extension.
   93. RJ in TO Posted: December 14, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4325097)
Also, I understand the sadness. I was extremely unhappy when the Jays traded Halladay, even if they felt they had to do it. The same applied when the Jays let Delgado go in FA.
   94. Lassus Posted: December 14, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4325100)
EDIT: You know what, not today.

BTW, this is ###### up.
   95. Greg K Posted: December 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM (#4325101)
The same applied when the Jays let Delgado go in FA.

As I recall they didn't even offer him arbitration, which was also sad.
   96. billyshears Posted: December 14, 2012 at 05:45 PM (#4325113)
It's just being held up, as Dickey doesn't want to agree to an extension.


That sounds like a pretty significant hold-up.
   97. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: December 14, 2012 at 05:46 PM (#4325116)
Rumor - Olt/Buckel from Texas...

EDIT: And, now that one's being denied.
   98. JJ1986 Posted: December 14, 2012 at 05:54 PM (#4325126)
I'm going to be really pissed if it's Gose/Arencibia.
   99. cardsfanboy Posted: December 14, 2012 at 06:04 PM (#4325135)
Prepare to be sad. Robothal is reporting an agreement with Toronto. It's just being held up, as Dickey doesn't want to agree to an extension.


I'm sorry Mets fans.... but your organization is utterly ###### up if they trade Dickey, even if they get what they want. This should never have gotten to this point, and it's ridiculous that it has. I just wished the Cardinals would have said "We'll give you two of the following Garcia, Taveras, Rosenthal, Martinez or Miller"... or maybe just Taveras straight up or something. And we don't even really need a pitcher.

   100. Darren Posted: December 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM (#4325139)
Gosh, Toronto gets everyone.
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