With MLB’s winter meetings going on, The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham called in to talk with Toucher & Rich.
After the Sox signed Mike Napoli on Monday, one of the juicier Sox stories on Tuesday said that the team met with the Mets to discuss a possible trade for reigning Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. The Mets have a club option on Dickey for 2013 at just $5 million, though the two sides are reportedly working on an extension.
Abraham said that the Mets may be discussing trades for Dickey with various teams simply to gain leverage in extension talks.
“I’m hearing it’s not very serious at all. The Red Sox just went to a meeting with the Mets to talk about it,” Abraham said. “The Red Sox, it sounds like, just took the meeting to hear what the Mets had to say, weren’t interested necessarily in trading for Dickey, and it sounds like the Mets, if they do trade Dickey, want to get premiere prospects. For the Red Sox that would be Matt Barnes or Jackie Bradley or Xander Bogaerts. They’re not going to trade premiere prospects for a [38-year-old] guy with one year left on his contract. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
“Unless the Mets were to really come down with what they’re asking for and their talks with Dickey were to fall apart, I don’t know that him coming to Boston is something that is remotely close to happening.”
Abraham also discussed the Sox’ addition of Napoli.
“This was the guy that they’ve been talking about for a long time, probably going back to the Dodgers trade,” Abraham said. “This is somebody who they were looking at to put in the middle of their lineup. They think he’s going to hit the ball very well at Fenway Park, and they feel like he’s a good complement to David Ortiz. … This is a guy who is not going to be a difference-maker in terms of changing the direction of the organization, but he’s going to be a guy who will make them a better team.”