There has been too much discussion about this topic in other threads. It has to become its own thread at this point. We control R.A. Dickey for another year at a very cheap price: $5 million. R.A. is one of the best pitchers in the major leagues and certainly deserves the Cy Young award for his performance in 2012.
Now should we look to resign Dickey long term. He absolutely deserves a long term commitment from a team. Or should we trade Dickey?
Obviously the question comes down to how much he's looking for and how much we can get for him. The latter seems to be a major point of contention. We know his value will never be higher than it is now, and he likely will never be cheaper. So, if a trade is going to happen, now is the time.
The Angels traded two good prospects (pitchers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg) and one top 50 prospect (shortstop Jean Segura) for a half season of Zack Greinke, who was eligible for free agency following the 2012 season.
For a half season of Ryan Dempster (not at all comparable to Dickey in terms of talent, but comparable in terms of age) the Cubs received third baseman Christian Villanueva (100th ranked prospect) and right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks (who some are saying is the better of the two).
So the question is, what can we get for the man, the myth, the legend: R.A. Dickey?