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The Mets have increased their offer to R.A. Dickey

Dec 1, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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After agreeing to an eight-year, $138 million extension with third baseman David Wright earlier this week, the Mets have turned their attention to 2012 Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. Talks have progressed slowly until now, but ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Mets have increased their offer.

No word on the specifics of the new offer, but Dickey is said to be willing to accept a two-year extension which would run through 2015. Olney notes that the Mets were “stunned” by Andy Pettitte‘s one-year, $12 million contract with the Yankees and it’s possible the deal could be used as a comparable for Dickey because of his age. Some have speculated that the 38-year-old knuckleballer could be looking at a deal similar to Jake Peavy‘s recent two-year, $29 million extension with the White Sox.

The Mets have also discussed trade possibilities involving Dickey in case the two sides fail to come to an agreement. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported earlier this week that the Royals have expressed interest, though they aren’t willing to give up catcher Salvador Perez or top prospect outfielder Wil Myers.

  1. jjpileggi - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    The Mets HAD to re-sign Wright to have fan credibility. Dickey is a bit different. They probably, in the short term, want to keep him, but if the numbers become large, trading him for youth and cheap deals makes sense. The only depth the Mets have is in the rotation. Dickey is a great story and a talented guy, but getting some salary relief and young guys would be a good outcome given the situation.

    John Pileggi

  2. probaseballmagazine - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Reblogged this on Pro Baseball Magazine.

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