R.A. Dickey trade rumors: Royals eyeing Mets pitcher

Marc Serota

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey will be the subject of trade talks this winter, and the Royals are the latest to set their sights on the knuckleballer.

The Kansas City Royals are looking to add an ace to their pitching rotation, and it appears the Mets' R.A. Dickey is on their list, according to Jon Heyman at CBS Sports. Heyman suggests that the Royals may not be willing to give up the right pieces for the Mets to bite on a deal.

Dickey had a breakout season at 38 years of age in 2012. The knuckleballer tossed a career-high 233⅔ innings on his way to 230 strikeouts, 20 wins and a 2.73 ERA. His efforts earned him the National League Cy Young award and his first All-Star appearance. The strikeouts were the most impressive development for Dickey last season. His career-best strikeouts per nine innings had been 5.9, but Dickey fanned 8.9 per nine innings this past year.

The Mets would like to attract some young talent for Dickey, but Kansas City likely won't give up its top young major leaguers.

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