Knuckles Out: Why Let R.A. Dickey Go?
There is, very often, little worth that comes from the general managers' meetings each year. It begins with a giant amount of guessing; followed by a giant amount of retracting; finished with a giant amount of new guessing.
...And so on.
However, one story has begun to catch the eyes of the baseball world, leaving many to wonder, some to scribble, and most to ponder: Why are the Mets considering getting rid of a Cy Young candidate?
Why are they considering trading R.A. Dickey?
Sandy Alderson, behind the idea of having enough arms, is preparing to ship the 38-year-old knuckleballer to team's unknown, instead of renegotiating with Dickey (h/t ESPNNewYork.com.'s Wallace Matthews.)
According to the team, they are far more worried about the short-stack that is the outfield depth. In order to gain needed pieces, outside of the Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda—once he gets back from a broken wrist—the best-fit opportunity to do so is through trades; not spending the multimillion-savings they got from letting Jason Bay walk in free agency.
But again, why R.A. Dickey?
Certainly the Mets, and a load of other teams for that matter, need parts of the lineup outside of pitching, and each will make moves, accordingly. However, those moves usually don't come with shipping a fan favorite, like Dickey, away from a team that desperately needs...well, something for the fans to be excited over.
And that is far more important than finding an outfielder.
Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 2012, doing so with the use of the anew-aged knuckler (one that goes above 80 mph.) Without Dickeys efforts over the year, believe it or deny it, the Mets would have been completely wiped off the baseball world—it's not easy being the stepchild to the other New York team.
So you have to do the best not to support or lengthen the cause.
Getting rid of R.A. Dickey would definitely not help, at all. Yes, he is 38, but remember this: Knuckleballers don't age the same way non-knuckleballers do. A short-term deal would not be as big of a risk if it means spreading the money into Dickey's 40s.
And it would at least get fans buzzing coming into spring training; not looking to Giants football for 2013.