The Mets would want a “monster package” for R.A. Dickey

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That’s the word from Andy Martino:

One high-ranking major league executive who spoke recently with Mets officials came away thinking that the team “would want a monster package for (R.A.) Dickey, and if they don’t get it, probably would not trade him.”

How you know you collected baseball cards back in he day: you hear the term “monster package” and this is the first thing you think of.  Anyway, Martino goes on:

The executive, who has also discussed the market for Dickey with other GMs who have asked the Mets about him, loosely defined that “monster package” as a few high-end prospects or major leaguers, likely outfielders or catching help.

That’s not gonna happen. Dickey has had a great couple of seasons, but he’s 38. When was the last time a young Cy Young-caliber pitcher got that kind of haul?

Given Martino’s previous report about Dickey being amendable to a Jake Peavy-style extension, it seems extremely unlikely that the Mets would trade him. Because it’s extremely unlikely that anyone would give up that kind of talent in return.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.