Believe it or not, there was some other Mets-related news yesterday besides R.A. Dickey capturing the NL Cy Young Award. It was indeed a special day for our favorite knuckler, as he helped bring some legitimacy to a pitch that never received the respect it deserved. Now, once the celebrations wear off, focus will be shifted to R.A.’s future with the franchise. While talking last night on SNY, he said he’d like to finish his career as a Met. Meanwhile, there was some more progress in the David Wright negotiations.
Ken Rosenthal tweeted the Mets have made their initial offer to Wright, while the third baseman’s representation have made a counter offer. The details of the offers are not known, but we heard on MetsBlog earlier this week that the two sides are reportedly about $20 million apart in negotiations, with the Mets coming in with a 6-year/$110 million offer and the ACES group coming back with 7-years/$130 million. Obviously, this is the farthest these two sides have gotten in extension talks, and now that figures are on the table, It’s only a matter of time before Wright inks a contract making him a life-long Met, allowing Sandy Alderson to shift his focus on R.A. Dickey’s future.
Now that we know who the AL and NL Cy Young winners are, the last awards announced today are the league MVPs. While no Met is up for that award, Adam Rubin also noted that a couple New York players will be playing in a World Baseball Classic qualifier tournament, beginning tonight. Both Ruben Tejada and Manny Acosta will represent Panama in a four-country tournament. The first game starts tonight at 8p EST as Panama takes on Brazil on their home turf. It’s interesting because these two players are in much different standing with New York; Tejada is entrenched as the team’s starting shortstop for 2013 after posting a .289/.333/.351 line, but Acosta is a non-tender candidate after compiling a 6.46 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 47.1 IP. However, after struggling in the first half with an 11.86 ERA, a demotion to the minors got him back on track, as he finished the second half with a 1.78 ERA in 26 appearances. It remains to be seen what New York decides to do with Acosta, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his performance in this qualifying tournament affects it.
Before the BBWAA announcement handing Dickey the highest single-season honor for a pitcher was made, his fellow hurlers Dillon Gee and Bobby Parnell were at Citi Field for a little while yesterday, helping out at the Food Drive, which was run in conjunction with City Harvest. They both commented about Dickey’s magical season, but Gee deflected any potential trade rumors after his name was mentioned unprompted by Alderson last week. He’s been going about his normal off-season routine despite his injury, and will be starting to throw at the end of this month to prepare for 2013. I’m happy Dillon is healthy, as he will be an important part of the rotation next season, or an important part of a trade this winter…
Finally, MetsBlog posted a photo of Johan Santana sporting the team’s new alternate home jersey’s for 2013. We heard from Mets Police that the organization will be featuring six uniforms for next season, with another alternate away jersey expected. So, what do you think of the new unis? I like them, even though they kind of remind me of batting practice jerseys. They’re nice and bright, and much better than the black alternates they had back in the late ’90s.