The New York Mets have held preliminary trade discussions
with other teams regarding right-hander R.A. Dickey, reports Andy Martino of
the New York Daily News.
Talking to a few other execs here, they back up Alderson's claim Dickey trade talks not too intense, more preliminary.
— Andy Martino (@SurfingTheMets) November 8, 2012
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged the trade talks, but he told reporters that he didn’t expect a deal to intensify at the GM meetings. Martino listed the talks as preliminary, and it appears the Mets are laying the groundwork for a potential trade if they are unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension with Dickey.
If the Mets were to trade Dickey, they would seek outfield and catching help, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
New York is still said to be working toward such an extension, though it’s unclear if the Mets and Dickey will be able to agree on a new deal. There are several factors complicating the matter, including the veteran’s age, 38, and his impressive production late in his career.