The Arizona Diamondbacks are among eight teams interested in acquiring New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey, according to Jon Heyman at CBS Sports. The Mets have been shopping Dickey since the end of the season as they try to maximize return on the reigning Cy Young Award winner.
Heyman notes that the Mets are demanding some premier prospects in return for Dickey, so Arizona would have to be willing to part with a lot of talent to bring in the knuckleballer. While Dickey is expected to make just $5 million next season, dealing a major prospect would be risky. His previous production comes nowhere close to what he was able to do in 2012 as a 37-year-old.
The Mets are also trying to extend Dickey's contract, but are poking around for trades just in case. He is asking for a raise after leading the National League in strikeouts and finishing second in earned run average.