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New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey is unlikely to sign a contract extension with the club if it doesn't re-sign third baseman David Wright.
"If I don’t see them pursuing David hard," Dickey said, "I think it would be a message to everybody that they’re content to spend the next five or six years rebuilding this organization. Rather than trying to be competitive, and trying to rebuild it at the same time."
Dickey continued to say that he believes the Mets can rebuild while also attempting to field a competitive team in the near future. The 37-year-old doesn’t envision signing a contract extension with the Mets if Wright departs, unless he is traded for multiple major league pieces that will allow the club to remain competitive.
Since joining the Mets prior to the 2010 season, Dickey has maintained an ERA of 2.93. So far this season the knuckle-baller has posted an ERA of 2.66 with 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.1 walks per nine innings.
Wright and Dickey both have contract options remaining for the 2013 season; Dickey’s for $5 million and Wright’s for $16 million. McCullough estimates that a contract extension for a pitcher with Dickey’s recent numbers will be in the $15.5 million range.