Holy fuck, it seems as though there may be a biiiiit of a gulf between the valuation of RA Dickey that we’ve sort of thought we might almost have a a handle on and the sky-high asking price that the Mets have put on their Cy Young winner.
Via MLBTR, here’s the latest tidbit:
The Red Sox met with Mets to talk about possible trade for R.A. Dickey, according to a baseball source. Mets want Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr.
— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) December 3, 2012
I mean… shit. You can’t blame a team for asking but, for example, in the top Red Sox prospects list Marc Hulet posted two weeks ago at FanGraphs, those guys ranked number one and number three.
“Bogaerts is an exciting prospect who is just beginning to get the attention he deserves from the non-Boston crowd,” Hulet wrote. “One of the best hitting prospects in the minors, the native of Aruba played the 2012 season at the age of 19 and reached double-A. He has an advanced hitting approach and generates outstanding power despite having a slender frame with tons of projection remaining. His pop comes from above-average bat speed.”
Mike Newman added that “at best, the Red Sox have an elite offensive force at the shortstop position. A more likely scenario is for Bogaerts to slide to a corner where his ceiling is that of a perennial All-Star.”
And the Mets asked for that and another very good prospect in Bradley– twelve years of control, including six of one of the top hitting prospects out there (John Sickels’ preliminary 2013 list at Minor League Ball had him fourth among hitters, with Travis d’Arnaud of the Jays ranking ninth)– for one year of Dickey.
I mean, I understand that maybe to a team looking to make one last push through a closing championship window, maybe you can stomach trying to negotiate down from that starting point towards something more sensible, but… that’s insane. The price absolutely has to come down if the Mets have any hope of actually dealing him– and I can’t possibly imagine Alex Anthopoulos getting anywhere near him at even half the cost.
So… there’s that.