NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The future of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is still very much fluttering in the breeze.

Though the Mets have admitted they would consider trading the reigning Cy Young Award winner, the team has also expressed some optimism that he’ll stay in Queens with extension talks ongoing.

One baseball executive in the know told the New York Daily News that the Mets “probably would not trade him” unless they received a “monster” bundle of top prospects or major league players.

“They aren’t approaching teams on this, but they’re letting teams come to them,” the source told the paper.

Dickey is slated to earn $5 million in 2013. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson hopes to rip that up in favor of a new deal. There’s a two-year offer on the table from the team, the Daily News reported over the weekend.

“Talks are ongoing, and I’m really hopeful that we’re going to reach a compromise to stay a New York Met,” Dickey told WFAN’s Mike Francesa last week. “That’s my heart. I’ve expressed that repeatedly to Sandy and to the powers that be.

“There’s a sense of loyalty I have to an organization that gave me a very unique opportunity … When they gave me the ball in May of 2010 for the first time, they gave me an opportunity that 29 other clubs weren’t willing to give me.”

The 38-year-old went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA for the fourth-place Mets in 2012. He struck out 230 and walked just 54, while posting a 1.05 WHIP in a career-high 233 2/3 innings.

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