R. A. Dickey becomes the first Mets pitcher in 22 years to win more than 20 games and the first since Dwight Gooden in 1985 to win the Cy Young. The only question on this memorable day, which is being asked in the New York Times, the Daily News, everywhere is “But will he be traded?”
A couple of weeks ago this looked like a transparent ploy by the Mets to get Dickey’s salary down in negotiations for his new contract, which runs out at the end of next season. But then, Dickey stepped forward and announced that he would be willing to take less money than he could get on the open market as a free agent in order to stay with the Mets.
This has smoked out General Manager Sandy Alderson and the Mets front
office. Instead of coming out and saying, “This is great. Finally, for
the first time in a generation we’re going to have a Cy Young winner
starting Opening Day this year,” the Mets gave a bland statement through
Alderson, who called the award “a fitting recognition for a remarkable
Hey, Sandy, don’t get too excited.
People might think you really appreciate the fact that this guy
pitched his heart out, playing all season with a torn abdominal muscle,
winning 20 games and very nearly making the team look respectable. The
funny thing is that in the end, after all postseason controversy and
debating, the Cy Young decision wasn’t even close. Dickey won 27 of the
32 first-place votes. The number two finisher, Clayton Kershaw of the
Dodgers, and Number 3, Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals, couldn’t have put a
dent in Dickey’s lead if they had pooled their vote.
And one more clue that the Wilpons are going to deal Dickey – it
won’t take long for them to give us the same blather as last year
regarding Johan Santana. Something like “Santana is in great shape, and
we’re really expecting him to bounce back.” Yeah, and we hear that
Dwight Gooden’s been working out and that Tom Seaver is thinking of
coming out of retirement to pitch relief.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 15, 2012