I hate to be 'that' guy, but the thread title is explicitly misleading and unless we just want to have a hypothetical chat about Dickey's trade value to the Sox, not thread-worthy. All we got from the only source in the article is that Ben and Sandy had a chat at the winter meetings (OMG!), Dickey's name came up, the Mets asked an outlandish price, and that's it. Probably took five seconds of a 30-minute meeting. The writer called it out because the source gave him the prospect names. Don't fall into his trap.
I think you're dead on here. And I think this "rumor" is a good example of the type of thing we see all winter long every winter
, twitter and social media just make it that much more prevalent. Reporters are anxious to report "something" so they'll report anything that looks like "something". To be honest, I think the Lester-Myers thing is in the same mold. A tiny tidbit that probably doesn't have legs gets out in the twitterverse and suddenly we have two days worth of sports radio chatter, a bunch of blog posts and articles, and multi-page threads on forums. It can be fun fodder for discussion, so long as it remains in perspective as hypothetical ideas rather than real possibilities. We're smart enough here to know the difference. Sports radio hosts and most of their moronic callers...not so much.