The New York Mets completed step one of their offseason plan late last night, extending third baseman David Wright through the 2020 season for a franchise-record $138 million. Now the Mets must move on to step two, extending 2012 NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, which they feel "confident" will get done, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN:
As for Dickey, I'm hearing he'll accept 2-year deal. So it's just meeting of minds on the money. Mets people seem confident it'll get done.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) November 30, 2012
The Mets already picked up Dickey's $5 million option for 2013, but the club is looking to keep him in New York a bit longer. Dickey is reportedly seeking upwards of $10 million a year, but it's unclear whether the Mets are willing to go that high.
If New York is unable to strike a deal with Dickey, the club could trade him away. It was rumored two weeks ago that the Mets are looking for a "monster package" of prospects and MLB-ready players in return for the right-hander.
Dickey put together a season for the ages in 2012, posting a 2.73 ERA and 8.9 K/9 rate in a league-best 233⅔ innings, taking home the strikeout crown and the Cy Young award at the ripe old age of 38.