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R.A. Dickey surprised by slow pace of Mets contract talks

Nov 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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While making an appearance at a school in Harlem to promote literary R.A. Dickey gave an update on his contract talks with the Mets, saying that “the pace is slow” and reiterating that he won’t continue to negotiate once the season begins.

Dickey is under contract for $5 million in 2013 and has said all along that he won’t talk in-season, making it clear that he’d like to get an extension worked out sooner than later. He also noted that he thought talks would proceed more quickly based on what general manager Sandy Alderson said early in the offseason.

“We have until spring training, but I would think they would formulate some kind of plan so they can know what they can do forthcoming,” Dickey said, via Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “They have offered and we have countered. That’s kind of the stage that we’re in. We’re hoping to hear back from them soon and get the dialogue going again.”

  1. stex52 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    At his age and with their precarious financial situation, I’m not sure the Mets feel a lot of anxiety. 2013 is taken care of; maybe they will worry about the rest later. Tough for Dickey, but negotiation is a zero-sum game.

  2. willclarkgameface - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Is he?

    The Mets don’t care about R.A. They don’t care about Wright. They don’t care about their fans. The only thing on their mind right now is the debt they need to clear so they can make their grimy dollars again and get out of the red.

    Eff the Mets (again).

  3. geoknows - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Aren’t they dragging their heels because they still are operating under the delusion that some team is going to empty its farm system for him? Sorry, Sandy, he’s still a 38-year-old knuckleballer. I love the guy, he’s a great story, he had a great season, and he won a Cy Young. And sure, knuckleballers seem to go on forever. But they never get trust, and he’s still 38 years old.

  4. styx630 - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Relax, R.A. Mets gotta get things hammered out with David Wright first. I’m sure you’re priority #2.

  5. onbucky96 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Oh, get the Union on the phone. Must be Collusion, no other possible reason this deal isn’t done. Other than the Mets have no money…

  6. joenash72 - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    “While making an appearance at a school in Harlem to promote literary…”

    Maybe when he is finished in Harlem, he can stop by here and promote some literacy…

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