Jon Stewart on R.A. Dickey: How Will the Mets Screw This Up?

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According to R.A. Dickey's agent, Bo McKinnis, negotiations between his client and the New York Mets are solid in terms of "a series of potential structures and lengths."

What, then, are the sticking points? Bo says, "We've got a difference in terms of the actual dollars per season."

In other words, the only thing they've yet to agree upon is money. Somehow, that reminds me of Steven Wright's predicament that "I got this powdered water ... now I don't' know what to add." Without water, you don't have water. Without money, you don't have an agreement.

Several sources are claiming that GM Sandy Alderson is "genuinely conflicted" over whether the Mets should keep or trade Dickey. But since they haven't made him an offer -- either before or after he won the National League Cy Young Award -- it doesn't appear that there's much conflict there.

The bottom line on what's going on right now with Dickey and the Mets was expressed last night on The Daily Show, when Dickey did a guest spot and rabid Mets fan Jon Stewart asked him, "How will the Mets screw this up?"

How, indeed. There's probably a feeling among Mets players, that "Keep your head down and don't do too well, cause if you win the Cy Young award they're going to trade you on the open market."

Dickey's response to Stewart was basically the same thing he's said it form the beginning: "Golly, I'm hoping to be here. I love it here, man."

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