When it became apparent that the
were willing to deal 2012
had to be a consideration.
Dickey, who transformed himself from conventional pitcher to knuckleball extraordinaire, is always effusive in his praise for Showalter. Plus, Dickey absolutely embarrassed the Orioles in his one start against them last June, allowing just one hit and striking out 13 in a complete-game shutout. The Orioles know how good he can be and they could use a staff anchor.
So, yes, the Orioles talked with the Mets about Dickey's availability. But, according to one industry source, the sides decided there wasn't really a fit.
The Mets want to improve in the outfield and at catcher, and they're looking for young players at those positions. Frankly, the Orioles' system is shallow in both areas. They have no real catching prospects, and their young outfielders are not considered every day players at this stage.
The Orioles do have one of the best pitching prospects in baseball in
That'll have to be OK with the Orioles because, no matter how much they would like to obtain an ace, their primary focus is adding a power bat, and they need to use whatever trade chips they have for that.