The Mets exercised their $16 million contract option on third baseman David Wright and their $5 million option on right-hander R.A. Dickey for the 2013 season, according to a source familiar with the moves.
The Mets had tried to work on long-term extensions with both players this month before having to pick up their options, but talks never made any headway. The club will likely continue extension talks with both players throughout the offseason, but if discussions continue to stall there is also the possibility of the team trading one or both players.
Wright, 29, hit .306/.391/.492 with twenty-one home runs in one hundred fifty-six games for the Mets in 2012, earning his sixth All-Star appearance. Dickey, 38, put together a career year across the board, amassing a 2.73 ERA and leading the league in strikeouts with two hundred thirty, and is considered a front-runner for the NL Cy Young award.