R.A. Dickey is under the Mets’ control for next season via $5 million team option, but Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the team’s recent pursuit of a contract extension for the knuckleballer didn’t get very far.
According to McCullough “earlier this season Dickey and the Mets discussed a short-term extension into at least 2014” but “the team elected to wait and observe Dickey during the course of the season.”
That was a reasonable enough stance to take with a 37-year-old knuckleballer who had zero success before 2010, but obviously Dickey’s price tag has gone up considerably since then as he’s shown little sign of slowing down and is now 15-3 with a 2.72 ERA and league-leading 166 strikeouts.
It’s hard to predict the market for Dickey, but it’s not hard to imagine multiple teams making two- and maybe even three-year offers in excess of $10 million per season on the open market.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.