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Report: Mets, Wright ‘Plan To Intensify’ Talks; What About Dickey?

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Good news, Mets fans.

The Amazin’s “plan to intensify negotiations” with David Wright after picking up next season’s option on the All-Star third baseman, according to the New York Daily News.

The Mets and Wright are in talks on a long-term extension, CBSSports.com and WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Tuesday.

Movement has been described as slow, though the Daily News expected “discussions to accelerate immediately,” citing a source.

The Mets owe Wright $16 million on next season’s option, but hope to rip that up in favor of a new contract. General manager Sandy Alderson has said his top offseason priority is locking up Wright and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Dickey’s $5 million option was also picked up Tuesday. There’s a “genuine possibility” the 38-year-old could be traded if a deal can’t be reached, the Daily News reported.

Wright, who will turn 30 on Dec. 20, is the Mets’ face of the franchise and all-time hits leader. He averaged .306 with 93 RBIs and 41 doubles in 2012.

Dickey pitched himself into Cy Young Award contention this past season with 20 wins and a National League-best 230 strikeouts.

Do you think Wright and Dickey will be around for 2014 and beyond? Be heard in the comments below…