NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mets fans were hoping for some good news to go along with their Halloween treats.
We’re talking about extensions for third baseman David Wright and starter R.A. Dickey.
But it seems there won’t be anything to report before the month is through. Contract talks “remain very preliminary, and have not yet advanced to the point of discussing years or dollars,” according to the New York Daily News.
The Mets hold a $16 million option for Wright next season, after which he’d become a free agent. The team also holds a $5 million option for Dickey, who too would hit free agency afterward. New York is expected at minimum to pick up both options.
Fans want their two star players locked up long-term. Wright and Dickey both expressed optimism heading into the offseason, and general manager Sandy Alderson insisted retaining Flushing’s core players is “one of the key tenets of the approach we’re trying to take.”
The sides are “still talking about when to really get talking,” a source told the Daily News.
Dickey told the Newark Star-Ledger in Sept. that he and Wright are somewhat of a “package deal.”
The Mets are expected to begin negotiations by offering Wright a contract in the vicinity of $100 million, CBSSports.com and WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old Dickey will certainly be in line for a raise — either this year or in 2014 — after his masterful 20-win season. The Cy Young Award could soon be his and would only bolster an already strong case.
Of course, the Mets could decide to trade the knuckleballer while his value is sky-high.
“I certainly would love to be part of the solution here,” Dickey told WFAN immediately after his 20th win of 2012. “I think David and I both would.”
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