One of the many outstanding reporters doing the lord’s work down there in Nashville who I didn’t happen to follow on Twitter until sometime during these Winter Meetings is Andy Martino, Mets beat writer for the New York Daily News. Fortunately for me, there is nary a rumbling that isn’t picked up by the ridiculously invaluable MLB Trade Rumours, which is where last night I was first alerted to Martino’s work, and one Jays-related tweet, in particular…
Also, lots of talk about Mets and Blue Jays on Dickey, but person briefed on those talks said not much happening there right now.
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) December 4, 2012
Ahh, the Winter Meetings: post number three on a deal that doesn’t have any traction whatsoever. At least, it appears that way– and I’m especially confident in saying so, since I’m currently also working through transcribing a bunch of comments from Alex Anthopoulos this morning, in which he says that there isn’t a deal on the horizon that he thinks would fundamentally change his team.
Is he being coy? It’s certainly possible, but in that same interview on the Fan 590′s Jeff Blair Show, he also says that he doesn’t quite get why an event like the Winter Meetings is needed in order to get trades done, and that if there was something he was interested or working on, they probably would have come to the meetings having long started the discussions.
Situations with other clubs can obviously change. The Mets’ interest in dealing Dickey certainly seems like a new thing. But given the asking prices we were hearing yesterday– Martino speaks to a Mets person who explains that there’s an astronomical ask because “It should be. He won the Cy Young.”– it seems a little more plausible to think that the Jays’ checking in was just good, old fashioned due diligence, and that talks maybe took on a life of their own because of the Jays’ catching surplus, and the Mets’ need in the wake of Josh Thole’s brutal 60 wRC+ 2012.
On the other hand, though, Jim Bowden just laid this on us:
The negotiations are presently at a standstill between R. A. Dickey and the New York Mets increasing expectations that Dickey will traded — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 4, 2012
If that’s really the case, the price will have to come down, and more talks could certainly be to come. Meaning… we’ve basically learned nothing here. The Winter Meetings, you guys!
So… there’s that.