Updated Post 1:00 PM
Jeff Wilpon told reporters today that R.A. Dickey and the Mets are still far apart on the overall value of a possible contract extension, and it’s possible they could go into next season with no new agreement.
Dickey later told ESPN.com that he is hopeful a new deal can be worked out, but he understands that Sandy Alderson is paid to make the Mets better.
Alderson later told MLB Network that he has to look at all possibilities and that he is more likely to keep Dickey without an extension at this point, though that is not his preference.
There is absolutely no mandate that an extension must be done now. Two years ago with Jose Reyes, the Mets let him play out his option and took the picks.
Jeff Wilpon has already said that could happen again with Dickey, and I’m starting to believe that is exactly what will happen.
Original Post 9:00 AM
New York Yankees beat writer Sweeny Murti of WFAN is reporting on some of the Mets buzz he is hearing at the Winter Meetings in Nashville.
- The Mets are asking for too much, one GM said here, in regard to R.A. Dickey and trade possibilities, the Mets are targeting the top prospect in nearly every organization they speak with. The Royals don’t appear eager to trade Wil Myers for Dickey, so a match there might be unlikely.
- Jonathon Niese is not being discussed at the present time as a trade option. That could always change, of course, but several Major League executives have questioned why the Mets would even consider trading a young lefty signed to a reasonable contract.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York gives this latest update on Dickey:
- A Mets team insider reiterated that the Mets will look to be overwhelmed in a trade proposal for Dickey or another starting pitcher. Otherwise, they will take their projected 2013 rotation to spring training intact. The source went on to say there is “common ground” toward reaching an extension deal with Dickey.
It seems that talks for Dickey are fizzling out with at least three of the seven teams that had interest in Dickey.
- Brewers GM Doug Melvin said he talked to the Mets about Dickey, but before exchanging names the two sides determined there wasn’t a match, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Talks between the Mets and Royals are dead according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. The Royals’ interest in Dickey is not as great as other younger options on the trade market who the Royals like.
- The Dodgers look set to be the winners in the Zack Greinke sweepstakes, which would take them out of the group of teams who showed any interest in Dickey.