Dickey is a strange case. He's a bargain for 2013 at $5 million. Would I bother extending him, no. I got him for $5. He is also a nice trade chip if someone wants him. If he pitches great and you still got him, trade bait in July. Yes, he is a knuckleballer, but he is also ancient. I could think of better ways to spend $20-25 million over the next two years. I would love to see Santana return to the Twins. At what price? A couple of prospects. But having the Mets eat too much salary, you might as well keep him yourself, then.
It would be great for the fans, help the young pitchers and put ass in the seats too. The Twins would come out smelling like a rose!
The Mets would demand a top 5 prospect and a top 10 prospect to start things off. This is not going to happen.
It should be noted that dickey is coming off a Cy Young winning season, I'm pretty sure guys like that don't get traded for peanuts.... Just ask frank viola and the 1991 World Series champion Minnesota Twins
In 1991 Viola was coming off a third place finish for the Cy Young as a Met. It was his final season as a Met and an All Star.
I know that I was talking about who the twins got in that trade to help them win it all in 91
@SVD (better than an STD) What the Twins got for Viola
A pitcher that the Twins could have gotten for a low level prospect that they turned into a closer. A pitcher with an undistinguished Milb record that had a great three year run and three stiffs.
A solid starter, 2 high end prospects, and 2 low end prospects is a pretty good haul for a B+ pitcher (Slightly below the Clemens/Maddux level at the time) at the trade deadline.
In the Times archives, West was cosidered the prize. Tapani and Savage had been filler in earlier trades.
July 31, 1989: Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the New York Mets for a player to be named later, Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummond, Kevin Tapani and David West. The New York Mets sent Jack Savage (October 16, 1989) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.
Tapani and Savage were part of this trade. Tapani a big part. You are correct in that, at the time, West was considered the prize.
1985-87 Aguilera was a combined 31-17, with an ERA around 3.50. He was hurt in 1988, in 1989 he was partially in the pen out of necessity for the Mets, when he came to the Twins he was a FT starter. It wasn't until that offseason, when the Jeff Reardon left as a FA that Aguilera was asked to become the closer. At the time, he strongly resisted the move. He didn't want to do it. Lucky for us, he took to it pretty well.
Next time get your facts straight.
Wow. Just wow.
Santana and Liriano back together on the Twins? If they could each get back to 90% of their prior greatness, then the Twins would have two aces. They are both long shots to pitch well, but there would be at least a chance of a magical season.