The New York Mets are talking to as many as eight teams trying to reach a deal to trade National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey, reports ESPN.com.
One of the teams included in the talks are the Boston Red Sox. Dickey is under contract for next season at $5 million but the team is willing to trade him if they can’t reach a deal on an extension.
Only six previous Cy Young winners have opened the following season with another club, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“Are we punting ’13? Absolutely not,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said when asked if the team is pessimistic about their 2013 chances. “This is not about making a trade for four players from the Appalachian League. You have to balance the quality of the player with the potential arrival date of the player, obviously. That’s something we’re trying to do. But it is important for us if we’re going to do something — and I want to emphasize, we may not — if we do something, we want whatever comes back to us to have an impact on us as soon as possible.”
Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and struck out 230 batters for the Mets, who finished 4th in the National League East last season.