NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Starting pitcher R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the Mets' Home Opener at Citi Field on April 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The Mets have a $5-million option on Dickey for 2013, so he's under their control for the immediate future.
But after lukewarm talks in spring training about an extension, and then a pullback by the Mets into a wait-and-see mode, the front office is beginning to consider reopening those conversations.
The 37-year-old right-hander, who has unexpectedly put together a Cy Young-type season, has stated his desire to work out an extension and that he is willing to do so in-season, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN. Lennon writes that a two-year deal with vesting options for possible further years would be a "sensible jumping-off point."
After throwing his fourth complete game of the season Thursday afternoon, Dickey now owns a 2.72 ERA and a career-high 9.2 K/9 in a major-league leading one hundred sixty-two and a third innings this year. The first-time All-Star has a relied on a "fast" knuckleball this season, to which many attribute Dickey's newfound success.
What kind of deal should the Mets offer Dickey?