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Mets could have new deals with David Wright and R.A. Dickey by the World Series

Oct 6, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before Wednesday’s season finale against the Marlins that his highest priority this offseason is to work out new deals with David Wright and R.A. Dickey. He’s determined to stay true to his word.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, a baseball source said that it’s “conceivable” that the club could have new deals with both players, at least in principle, by the time the World Series begins later this month.

The Mets hold club options on Wright ($16 million) and Dickey ($5 million) for next season, but each intend to test free agency if extensions aren’t worked out by spring training. Alderson has spoken with Wright’s representatives this week and it’s believed that he’ll seek a contract of at least seven years and $125 million. Alderson hasn’t discussed numbers with Dickey’s agent yet, but one “veteran agent” told Puma that the veteran knuckleballer will likely be getting “Oliver Perez dollars.” Painful reference aside, that means three years and $36 million.

It would be great news if the Mets can lock up their two big stars for the long haul, but the club is expected to have a payroll around $100 million in 2013. With Johan Santana ($25.5 million and $5.5 million buyout for 2014) and Jason Bay ($16 million and $3 million buyout for 2014) making up half of that total, you can forget about them doing anything significant in free agency this winter. And this report by Richard Sandomir in the New York Times indicates that ownership is still hard up for cash.

  1. bennyandthemets - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    EXTEND DICKEY! …wait what?

  2. chill1184 - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Other than Alderson speaking to Wright’s agent, there is no other meat in this story. I yawn at the standard practice when it comes to getting info from unnamed “baseball sources”. Which is typical of Puma and the clowns at the NY Post

  3. xmatt0926x - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Wow. That article makes it seem that they are still a good ways away from being able to financially compete in baseball. They better hope the farm system is loaded.

  4. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Why would Wright want to stay with the Mets? Its certainly not becase they are good and have a chance to be compete for a championship.

    • mazblast - Oct 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Maybe he likes the fans (they’ve been loyal to him throughout all the team’s issues). Maybe he likes the city (obviously, lots of folks do). Maybe he likes being the biggest fish in the team’s pond. Maybe he thinks ownership has treated him well (?). Maybe he likes the idea of playing his career with one team (old-fashioned, perhaps, but admirable).

      Whatever the reason, he seems to want to stay with the Mets. I find that admirable if perhaps misguided.

  5. rickcerv1286 - Oct 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Wright will be Magic’s next acquisition. Go Dodgers

  6. pxeeks - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    The Phillies will sign you Wright. No worries about $

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