"It makes sense that they would think about selling high on him,” a National League talent evaluator told Martino. “There would obviously be a lot of interest.”
Martino says associates believe is genuine in his desire to retain Dickey. However, while he is open to other viewpoints, "there is far more talk about dangling the popular ace than Jon Niese, another pitcher who rivals say would draw significant interest."
Last week, I said I put trading Dickey or signing Dickey at 50 percent. I think it's one or the other, though, since I can't see Alderson keeping Dickey on just a one-year deal knowing his value is super high right now. I've also had MLB insiders predict Dickey could fetch one near-ready, upper-level prospect, in addition to two, maybe three mid-to-lower level prospects.
The teams that make sense seem to be the Brewers, D-Backs and A's, though that is an educated guess by people with knowledge of this year's overall trade market.
I like that Martino tied Dickey to Niese, because I actually think the decisions are connected. My sense is that if Dickey can be signed to an extension, knowing he's a short-term play, the team could move Niese and Lucas Duda for an immediate-impact, outfield bat. However, if there is no hope with Dickey returning, the Mets might choose to trade him (and keep Niese) for prospects to help down the road... plus they'd add back Dickey's $5 million in to the available budget. I think it's one or the other, though, not both.