Mets didn’t get far in extension talks with R.A. Dickey

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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.

Ronald Acuña batting sixth, playing left field in his Braves debut

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The Braves have made it official, announcing that they have called up top prospect Ronald Acuña. He’ll bat sixth in tonight’s game against the Reds and will start in left field.

Acuña will be wearing number 13, no doubt to honor past Braves luminaries like Adonis Garcia, Nate McLouth, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Eichelberger and Jerry Royster, all of whom have worn the fabled 1 and 3. Feel like he stands a pretty good chance of besting their exploits.

The 20-year-old Acuña was 11-for-his-last-33 with a homer, a double, four walks, and three stolen bases at Triple-A Gwinnett following a slow start. He tore it up in spring training, however, and hit .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season across three levels of the Braves’ minor league system.

The future was delayed a bit, but it’s here now for the Atlanta Braves’ phenom.