10:08 am Oct. 23, 2012
Way back in the heady days of early October 2012, the New York Mets had a plan in place to aggressively sign their "core players," who general manager Sandy Alderson identified as David Wright and R.A. Dickey.
Alderson, speaking before the final game of the season on October 3, indicated that every effort would be made to sign both players, as quickly as possible.
When asked at what point he intended to engage both players in negotiations, Alderson replied: “How long does [this] game last?”
Well, the game has been over for three weeks.
Early leak-based reports suggested that the Mets could have deals in place with both Wright and Dickey by the start of the World Series.
Now the leak-based reports are different in tone, suggesting that substantive talks between the Mets and Dickey haven't even begun, and that Dickey's market value might make him more valuable to the team as trade bait.
The fact is, the Mets are not crazy to consider trading Dickey. He is old for a pitcher, and for a team short on money and nowhere near contention, it may not make sense to keep him around if it's an option to leverage him for longer-term prospects.
But it is worth pointing out that when the Mets said that they were going to devote October to the urgent work of signing David Wright and R.A. Dickey, they were posing.
It makes you wonder why Sandy Alderson even pretended otherwise just a few weeks ago, and whether the leaked potential contract offer to David Wright, also well short of what it will likely take to retain him, is just another charade.
The World Series starts Wednesday.
Elsewhere in New York sports:
Brian Cashman was the voice of reason on topics ranging from Alex Rodriguez to Michael Pineda.
In a return to his college stomping grounds, Carmelo Anthony struggled shooting the basketball in a Knicks 98-90 loss to the 76ers.
The Knicks may be without Marcus Camby for the start of the season.