The Mets dump R.A. Dickey, but can’t quite let go

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When it comes to pitcher/folk hero R.A. Dickey, the Mets seems to have mixed feelings. 

The team sent out a video holiday card n Thursday, which was basically a 2012 highlight video. There was Johan Santana's no-hitter, David Wright setting the club record for hits, Ike Davis reaching a career-high in home runs (in his first full season, this is less impressive than it sounds) ... and Mr. Met making a snow angel.

A certain Cy Young Award winner who managed to win 20 games in one of the most excited Citi Field crowds since the park opened was nowhere to be found.

But fine, Dickey is no longer a Met. And at least the team is being consistent by declining to celebrate him after turning down his offer to stay at below market value and then sliming him on his way out the door.

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"Happy holidays! We just traded your favorite player!" just wouldn't work as a motivation for fans to buy tickets and merchandise from the Mets.

About that, though. The Mets haven't given up on leveraging Dickey on either count.

There's a Groupon deal currently available for Mets games in April. The opening day tickets start at $63 dollars, a huge jump from 2012, but there are deals to be had for the games that come immediately after.

And interestingly, when that deal went on sale, the Mets were touted as a franchise that "celebrated its fifth all-time Cy Young Award winner."

That would be Dickey, very much not a part of the Mets participating in April 2013 games.

Someone decided to change this after it received some negative attention on Twitter yesterday. In that space, we now learn instead: "Despite missing the postseason in 2012, the Mets celebrated several key accomplishments, particularly on the mound, where the pitching staff led all of baseball in quality starts."

Of course, that lead was primarily to do with Dickey, who led all of baseball in quality starts with 27, and is contractually unable to provide any to the 2013 Mets.

Over at Mets.com, meanwhile, you can forget your Dickey past and find yourself some Mets items labeled "New Arrivals". Alas, four of the top five new arrivals are commemorative plaques (and a collage!) celebrating... R.A. Dickey.

No Travis d'Arnaud items, yet. The other players represented in "New Arrivals" are Tim Teufel, infielder on the 1986 Mets and current coach, Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes, for some reason, and a custom jersey with the name missing, for you to fill in.