Rumor: Dickey to LAD?

By Rich Sparago

Day 2 of the winter meetings has brought more talk, and no action if you’re a Mets fan. The Red Sox made news today with the signing of Shane Victorino. The Mets news consists of their ongoing negotiations with Scott Hairston (whose return makes sense to me), and the developing market for RA Dickey. While signing Dickey to an extension is still on the table, both John Harper and Jim Duquette said on Hot Stove that they believe that the reigning Cy Young winner will be dealt. One rumor has the Dodgers interested in Dickey. Let’s take a look at that deal, as it is currently being speculated.

The Dodgers are supposedly offering the speedy shortstop, Dee Gordon,

July 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon (9) runs to steal second in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

and pitching prospect Zach Lee. Gordon had an injury-shortened 2012, playing in 87 games and batting .228 with 32 stolen bases. Gordon is a left-handed hitter, and could bring the Mets an option at leadoff. Of course, the Mets would have to determine if they keep Gordon or Ruben Tejada at shortstop, and possibly trade the other (or make the other a second baseman and trade Murphy). Zach Lee is a 6 foot, 4 inch righthander who has never pitched above AA. In AA last year, Lee threw 65.2 innings, allowing 69 hits. He struck out 51 and walked 22.

The package being offered by the Dodgers would likely fall short of Sandy Alderson’s expectations. However, eventually the Mets have to make a decision on Dickey, and it does not seem like many teams are willing to part with top talent for the 38-year-old knuckleballer. It is also being rumored that Chris Capuano may be available from the Dodgers. I wonder if LA would add Capuano to the above package, and if that might make the offer attractive enough for Alderson to make the deal.