Coutinho: 5 Questions As Mets Head To The Winter Meetings
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By Rich Coutinho
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This is an important off-season for Sandy Alderson who gets high marks for agreeing with David Wright on a contract extension but as we head to The Winter Meetings he still has much work to do. Here is the laundry list of questions he must face as we get into the teeth of the off-season.
1. To Sign RA or Not To Sign RA— The RA Dickey issue is a complex one as the Cy Young Award winner is an important part of a rotation that I believe can be as good as any in the NL East. But his market value is pretty high with teams such as the Jays, Royals, and Angels looking to add starting pitchers with those teams holding blue chip prospects that could fill out the Met roster. This is a player Met fans have a close affinity with and that must be put into the equation as well. My gut tells me the Mets will sign Dickey because they will find teams may be less interested in a 38-year-old pitcher even if he is a knuckleballer and the sense the Mets are dangling him, may force the Dickey camp to blink first in their contract negotiations.