The New York Mets are still in the midst of negotiating a contract extension with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but if the club cannot come to an agreement with the veteran right-hander it will seek a "monster package" of prospects and major leaguers in a trade, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:
One high-ranking major league executive who spoke recently with Mets officials came away thinking that the team "would want a monster package for (R.A.) Dickey, and if they don’t get it, probably would not trade him."
The executive, who has also discussed the market for Dickey with other GMs who have asked the Mets about him, loosely defined that "monster package" as a few high-end prospects or major leaguers, likely outfielders or catching help.
The Mets are rumored to have a two-year extension offer ready for Dickey, but a final decision on whether to re-sign or trade him is not expected until the winter meetings commence in early December.
Though the trade value of the 38-year-old Dickey – who was just awarded the NL Cy Young award last week – could not feasibly be any higher than it is at the moment, sources exclaimed skepticism to Martino at the prospect of the right-hander netting the Mets the "monster" return they are seeking.