Oct. 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) throws against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Should The Angels Go After R.A. Dickey?


Usually in New York, The Yankees are the ones making the big headlines, however, the Mets are in the limelight right now due to their negotiations with David Wright and R.A. Dickey. It’s a possibility that if negotiations don’t go well with either of them that the team may try to trade them. The person I’m going to focus on the Angels trying to get is Dickey. I think Wright would be too expensive for the club down the line, especially with a big payday coming to Mike Trout.

The first person I would put in the deal is Mark Trumbo. First of all, you have to give to get. Trumbo is a righty power bat, something that the Mets are in desperate need of. He would also come cheap which would help a team that clearly has some financial issues. They could put him at first if they want to trade Ike Davis or try him in leftfield. Yes, it’s a huge ballpark, however, he has huge power, so you’d have to overlook the defense.The second person I would include is Hank Conger. The Mets are looking for a catcher and with Chris Iannetta and his new deal, Conger has no chance to start. The Angels should look to capitalize on his value while he still has some. Conger can come in and compete with Josh Thole or whoever else they want to bring in at the position.

The third person I’d throw in is Michael Kohn. Kohn can help the Mets in the bullpen later on in the season as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery (like a certain closer the Angels just signed). The Mets could go with Zack Wheeler or bring back Mike Pelfrey after non-tendering him to fill Dickey’s spot in the rotation.

The next question is what contract do you give Dickey and who plays left or right field? Well Dickey apparently wants a three year, $36 million deal. I think the Angels should give it to him. Sure, it’s risky for a 37 year old who throws a trick pitch harder than anyone ever has and is coming off his best year, but knuckleballers can pitch for a while. Dickey could still have some very good years in him. It’s cheaper than what you would have to give Zack Greinke. The Angels could take that money and use it on Dickey and how about Shane Victorino for one year at $7 million, or wait to give Dickey the extention and sign B.J. Upton at a four year deal for $60 million ?

This could be the lineup:

Mike Trout RF

Erick Aybar SS

Albert Pujols 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Howie Kendrick 2B

Shane Victorino/ B.J. Upton LF

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Chris Iannetta C

Peter Bourjos CF

You could complain about the lack of power, however your lead-off hitter could hit 30 homers along with your first baseman. Your DH could hit 25. Iannetta could hit 15-20 if he’s healthy and you would have a ton of speed. Remember, it’s just an idea.

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  • Loody

    It makes A LOT of sense for both teams. The Mets are being smart with Dickey, they are – I am predicting – waiting for Greinke to sign before they begin to seriously shop Dickey. The trade market will absolutely heat up for him since after Greinke he would arguably be the next best starter available via trade or free agency (perhaps you could argue Shields, but based on Dickey’s 2010-2012 stats, I still would take him). You might be reading right now how teams won’t give up a lot for Dickey but I am predicting that will quickly change once Greinke is off the board and the Mets will get the package they are hoping to land. I think that if you sub Walden for Kohn, the deal gets done. Trumbo/Congers/Walden for Dickey (perhaps the Mets include someone like Josh Thole who has caught Dickey since coming up with the Mets) and it is done. AND I think the Angels sign him too. Good deal all around.

  • BloggingMets

    Would the Angels really trade Trumbo for Dickey? If so, as a Mets fan I would do that trade in a second. A young, under control 30+ homer guy for a 38-year-old pitcher?! I am not expert on the Angels, but I can’t imagine they would do this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1088135907 Rich Luckcuck

      No, because whoever wrote this article has no clue. He is busying playing MLB 2K12 on PS3 and this trade actually works on that game. He also traded Macier Izturis and Hank Conger for Justin Verlander.

  • http://twitter.com/enyherb Herb Goldstein

    This is a joke, right? You’re asking us (I am an ardent Mets fan) to take a good (but not quite as good as the one we have) first baseman and TRY him in the outfield, a defensively challenged catcher who so far has barely hit above the mendoza line, and a reliever with a broken wing? We already have one misplaced first baseman in the outfield, and from what I see of Trumbo’s limited outfield experience, he may not be up to Duda’s standards. The only way I would take Trumbo is if I could flip him to another team that needs a 1B and could better fill our need for an outfielder. I might give Conger a try since his minor league stats are pretty good, but they are artificially augmented by his time in the rarified air of Salt Lake. And his glove scares the living daylights out of me. Kohn’s minor league stats look quite good, but who knows how, when or even whether he will come back. Tell you what, give me Peter Bourjos, Garrett Richards, Conger and Kohn and I would do this deal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1088135907 Rich Luckcuck

    Wow, you were and are totally wrong. Why would you trade a 25 year old power hitter for a 38 year old journeyman pitcher who has one good season? Get a clue! I guess after getting Hamilton, I don’t have to explain anything else. Do some research on players. This isn’t a video game. Good thing your not the GM. Nothing would get accomplished. Wtf?