Mets did not low ball for any reason other than they were lowballing. Dickey's contract with the Jay's is an indication of the difficulty in evaluating knuckleballers more than his age (despite his track record the last 3 years) - but again it's more realistic than the Mets offer.gman wrote: ↑Dickey is old and has only one year contract to go. Mets is not looking for winning the championship in the near future. Why would Mets offer a big contract to a pitcher they do not want to keep? Giving him a big contract also makes him hard to trade away. Mets is more or less have to trade him away now. Otherwise, they will get no value back once he goes to Free Agent. Similar situation when Jays traded away Halladay.
Halladay is 3 years younger but he was hurt last year. Dickey is 3 years older but he is not hurt and he is a knuckleballer. Since he is 39, that is why his price tag is "affordable". Otherwise, I don't think Jays can afford to pay a "regular" Cy Young.
Your comment about a healthy Halladay at 34 being better than Dickey any day tells me you really have not looked into Dickey's success much. I'm not saying a 100% Halladay wouldn't be better, but if he as this point, it's not near the gap you're giving.