R.A. Dickey to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Updated: December 27, 2011, 5:09 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Mets have asked R.A. Dickey not to make his charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. However, Dickey still plans on going, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Though trips up Kilimanjaro almost never result in death or are even that dangerous, the Mets have sent Dickey a letter saying they can void his contract if anything bad happens.

"If we thought it was a good idea, we wouldn't have sent the letter," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the Journal. "Beyond that, have we tried to dissuade him from going? It seems to me that the letter is enough of an effort to dissuade him, and he intends to go on nonetheless."

On Tuesday, a Mets public relations person confirmed that Dickey is still planning to make the trip shortly after the new year, but said that Alderson will not elaborate further on the Mets' viewpoint. A message has been left for Dickey's agent.

Dickey, 37, is hoping to raise awareness and money for the Bombay Teen Challenge, which fights human trafficking.

Dickey has one-year left on his $7.8M, two-year contract. He is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2012.

Andrew Marchand covers MLB for ESPNNewYork.com.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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