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Mets May Begin Contract Talks With R.A. Dickey Soon

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The New York Mets have plans to re-open extension discussions with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in light of his breakout season, reports David Lennon of Newsday Long Island.

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?