12-07-2012, 12:03 PM #1
Yet another RA Dickey thread...
Now there are a few more facts coming to light in the case of RA Dickey. Basically he wants a two year extension for $26 million dollars. Which means his contract would be as follow:
2013: 5 million
2014: 13 million
2015: 13 million
Honestly? That isn't to bad all things considered, especially coming for a guy with a Cy Young.
Now, this of course means he won't come cheaply. If you are the Twins do you consider trading away a package of prospects for him? (You will have to trade at least one of the "top 8" and at least two more top 20 guys, which still might not be enough)
12-07-2012, 12:11 PM #2
I never see the Twins mentioned in the rumours for Dickey.
The cost doesn't seem all that bad.
12-07-2012, 12:12 PM #3
12-07-2012, 12:19 PM #4
There was also a lot of speculation that the Twins are/were the mystery team in the Sanchez sweepstakes. So it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Ryan wasn't trying to get Dickey (unless the asking price was way to high currently)
I'm not sure what the hell the Mets are doing, 2/26 is more then fair, but they are in drastic need of fixing their terrible farm system.
12-07-2012, 12:19 PM #5
Why trade your future if you are to tight to buy a free agent?
12-07-2012, 12:21 PM #6
I guess Ryan can't win with some folks, the Twins have the most active winter meetings of any team and yet people are still bitching they didn't do enough.
12-07-2012, 12:26 PM #7
12-07-2012, 12:35 PM #8
12-07-2012, 06:24 PM #9
To your point:
The same Dempster who got absolutely lit up in Texas? He is the same quality as the guy who just won the NL Cy Young?
Lets take a look at the numbers, shall we?
Dickey last 3 seasons: 2.84 ERA, 3.28 ERA, 2.73 ERA
Dempster: 3.85, 4.80, 3.38 (5.09 in AL)
This isn't even bringing into the fact that Dickey will most certainly age better as a Knuckleballer, and was able to do things with the pitch that no player has done before. I was at one of his one hitters last season, and it was one of the most dominant pitching performances I have ever seen.
You can make the argument to sign Dempster because he won't cost prospects, but to say are "Similar" quality is an exaggeration.
Once again, Dickey is coming off a Cy Young Win. Dempster is looking like a #3 or #4 in the AL at best.
12-07-2012, 06:36 PM #10
I wouldn't read too much into Dempster's limited time in the AL last year.
Dickey means one top and one near-top prospect, probably. I would rather just spend the same amount of money without depleting the system.
12-07-2012, 06:48 PM #11
If only we would have kept him years ago... Wishful thinking.
12-07-2012, 07:21 PM #12
Dickey will age gracefully as a knuckleballer. He has already aged. Not sure how much older he can get and he'll just remain competent or downrite ugly. Plus, you need someone to catch him. Dickey is a bargain for his 39th year. There is no need for the Mets or anyone to sign him to an extension until they see how he repeats. Especially at those prices. Dempster MIGHT have more of an upside, but that third year IS the killer. If I had to choose between Dempster, Myers or that other reliever that used to start, I would take the other two over Dempsey, for probably a lot less. The Mets can rid themselves of Dickey and get a prospect (high) or two, they should go for it. The new team doesn't have to extend the contract. Everything works against Dickey, except that he marvelously WON a Cy Young somehow. Who would've ever thought.
12-07-2012, 08:23 PM #13
12-07-2012, 08:39 PM #14
For the Mets, $26m is a very manageable risk. Hell, it's a manageable risk for the Twins when you're talking the kind of upside Dickey can bring. Over the past three seasons, Dickey is a ten win player.
12-07-2012, 08:48 PM #15
Last 3 Seasons:
Season/Player FIP xFIP WAR 2010/Dickey
Seems pretty comparable to me.
Dickey is a few years older than Dempster so even if knuckleballers age better they aren't starting from the same place. Personally I think they both will be putting up 5+ ERA's in 3 years.
To my larger point however, in comparison to the Twins starting rotation last year they are very similar pitchers. Both of them are DRASTICALLY better than what we had. Considering that we as fans mostly agree 2013 isn't going to be a contending year and that we should be looking to stockpile young talent:
Why would you give up good prospects for Dickey when you could just sign Dempster?
12-07-2012, 09:00 PM #16
Dickey and Dempster are similar right now but Dickey is set up to age much more gracefully.
12-07-2012, 09:34 PM #17
They aren't similar at all. Over the last 3 years dickey has a signicantly lowe ERA. And he appears to only be getting better with his mastering of the knuckleball. Dickey is literally doing something no other player in the history of baseball has been able to do. You certainly don't have to worry about his arm wearing down, since he is missing the tendon anyways! As far as the rest of his "health" the dude just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year then won the Cy Young, I don't see his body breaking down signifcantly anytime in the next 3 years. Dempster? Not so much.
Give me the high upside guy who can have a decent shot at being an ace anyday. The twins have plenty of guys who can possibly be middle of the rotation type guys: diamond, Worley, Gibson, hendriks. We need a guy who can go out and pitch a 9 inning one hitter any given night.(like dickey did Two games in a row last year)
12-07-2012, 09:37 PM #18
Hicks, Mastroianni, and Benson for Dickey -- I'm calling it now. Who needs a CF?
12-07-2012, 09:45 PM #19
12-07-2012, 10:14 PM #20
As tempting as getting Dickey would be, the Twins are a year or two away from trading away any top prospect for major league talent in their 30s.