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The Mets have offered R.A. Dickey a two-year extension

Nov 17, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

R.A. Dickey AP AP

UPDATE: Martino adds that it’s become clear in negotiations that Dickey will sign for a deal comparable to, but likely less than, Jake Peavy‘s recent two-year, $29 million extension with the White Sox. Sure, there are worries about Dickey’s age and he throws harder than the average knuckleballer, but his asking price doesn’t sound unreasonable at all.

12:23 PM: We have two reports on where the Mets stand in contract talks with 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. Ken Rosenthal of reported this morning that the Mets plan to offer Dickey a two-year extension. Meanwhile, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hears that the Mets already made a two-year offer to Dickey approximately two weeks ago and the two sides are in the process of negotiating the terms.

No word on any specifics regarding the money involved, but Martino reports that the Mets know Dickey would accept a two-year deal. The Mets have already picked up Dickey’s bargain $5 million club option for 2013, but the knuckleballer is due to hit the free agent market next offseason.

While an extension is on the radar, the Mets are also talking to other teams to get a sense of what they could fetch in a potential trade. The fan backlash would be overwhelming if Dickey is traded this offseason, but the Mets are understandably seeing what’s out there with his value at an all-time high. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that he hopes to have some “clarity” in regard to Dickey and David Wright before the Winter Meetings begin on December 3.

Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts over 233 2/3 innings this season. The 38-year-old has a 2.95 ERA over three seasons with the Mets.

  1. jjpileggi - Nov 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Good move by Mets. Dickey is a fabulous story, and has been great. But this club is in no position to do any long term deals for pitching unless it is to have a guy give up arbitration or some free agent years. Two years is a good first move, with perhaps three if it is for reasonable money. Or, trade him to a contender and let him enjoy a few winning seasons. And get some youth and position talent.

    John Pileggi

    • Old Gator - Nov 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      I suspect that Mutts fans must feel a bit like Feesh fans do about the Iron Giant. They love him and don’t want to lose him, but out of some commendable generosity of spirit they would also like to see him play for a winner when he’s bogged down with an inveterate loser. Of course, there’s a sense that Biggeth Dicketh is playing for an inept franchise as opposed to a corrupt or detestable one, and that surely makes some difference. On the other hand, you do want to see talent like that perform on the big stage rather than on the makeshift one in the back of the local pub.

      R A is a good guy and I’d just like to see him wind up in a situation where he’s happy. He’s earned it.

      • dan1111 - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        I’m not going to defend the Wilpons, but I wouldn’t call Alderson & Co. inept. I think the Mets have a decent chance of contending by 2015, when this contract would run out.

  2. iamjimmyjack - Nov 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Trade him to the dodgers.

  3. joerymi - Nov 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    The Mets might learn something from the Marlins. When you are going nowhere, trade your valuable commodities, get young talent that is under your financial control.

  4. arrooo - Nov 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    These idiots will probably trade him for Jose Reyes

  5. shawon0meter - Nov 17, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    38 years old with 2 good seasons under his belt. I’d pay him that 5 million next year and then let him walk.

    • mojosmagic - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      That’s big of you.

  6. canadabaseball - Nov 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Dickey shouldn’t sign wait till he’s a FA do he dosnt have to play for the mets. If they can’t getdavid wright resigned they are going to be even worse they next couple years

  7. buffalo65 - Nov 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    JPA and a prospect to the mets for RA

    • thebadguyswon - Nov 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      On behalf of Mets fans, no thanks.

  8. djjackson81 - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Jpa who is that?

  9. mojosmagic - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    That’s big of them.

  10. kev86 - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I’m a Mets fan and I’d trade him if I got good return. If not, 2 years for 25 mil sounds fair. He’s a good leader/person for the clubhouse.

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