"I would say of the three options, the three scenarios that have developed, that would probably be the least optimal. So to that extent at least we agree," Alderson said. "Would it be acceptable? From our standpoint, yes."
For Dickey, who had most of his first-round bonus withdrawn by the Texas Rangers in 1996 when a physical revealed that he has no ulnar collateral ligament, it's the first time he's been such a hot commodity.
He's never negotiated with a team for a deal of this size, and the experience appears to have been somewhat jarring for the thoughtful right-hander who keeps Haruki Murakami novels in his locker and has said he'd like to teach high-school English if he didn't play baseball.
"Things are emotional for me. When people say it's business, it's not personal, that just means it's not personal for them. It can be personal for me. I'm hoping that it's going to end up in a good place, but you can't help in the back of your mind think that it may not, and that's sad," Dickey said. "All along, this has been the place that I've been — and that's not just the company line, I mean I feel a real connection to this place. But at the same time, you don't want to be taken advantage of.
"So that's where we are."