Free agent RHP R.A. Dickey wants to pitch and has offers, but has not yet decided whether he will pitch in 2018, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The Braves declined their $8 million option for Dickey after the season.
In September, Dickey told reporters he had recently started considering retirement. In early-October, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's beat reporter, Dave O'Brien, said the Braves expected Dickey to not play next season regardless of how they handled his option.
"It'll be a family decision," Dickey said in September, when asked about his plans for next season. "We have made no official decision at all, but we certainly have had conversations around both coming back or retiring."
In the event Dickey does not retire, he told reporters in Atlanta this past season that he would prefer to sign with a team that is near his offseason home in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 43-year-old Dickey played for the Mets from 2010 to 2012, winning the Cy Young award in 2012. He was then traded to the Blue Jays in a deal that brought Noah Syndergaard and Travis d'Arnaud to the Mets.
Dickey had a 4.26 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 136 strikeouts in 190 innings last season for the Braves.
Whether the Mets sign a bonafide No. 3 pitcher to a guaranteed contract or not, I expect they'll still end up picking up one or two starting pitchers that are willing to accept a minor-league deal.
Previously notable starting pitchers that could end up taking a minor-league deal this winter include Clay Buchholz, Ubaldo Jimenez, Trevor Cahill, Francisco Liriano, and Edinson Vólquez.
I like the idea of reconnecting Jimenez with Mickey Callaway. However, Cahill could have more upside. At 28 years old, he looked outstanding during his first 10 starts last season. He then fell apart trying to pitch through pain. His season eventually derailed due to injury. If the Mets have any reason to think he's healthy, Cahill could be a nice fit given that he'll be just 29 years old >> Read more