Dickey says he and Mets still far apart on contract extension

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Today at the team’s Holiday Party in Citi Field, R.A. Dickey told reporters that he and the Mets are still far apart on the terms of a contract extension.

“When people say it’s business, it’s not personal, well that just means it’s not personal for them,” Dickey explained, according to ESPN New York. “I’m hoping it ends up in a good place, but also in the back of your mind you think it may not. That’s sad.”

Dickey later said he would likely leave the Mets after next season, if he doesn’t sign a new contract this winter.

R.A. Dickey polaroidThis morning, Andy Martino of the Daily News said the Mets have increased their contract extension offer to two-years, $20 million, while Dickey is seeking $26 million.

“I feel like what we’re asking for is less than what it is fair,” Dickey said today.

However, people close to the team have told me Dickey started out wanting $40 million guaranteed over the next four years. He’s reduced his demands, and now the Mets believe they can sign him to a contract that pays him his $5 million in 2013, but then $10 million each of the next two years, which I’ve been writing on this blog since Nov. 30.

I’m now hearing the Mets also are considering an option year for 2016, probably at the same $10 million, which would give Dickey the chance to make $35 million the next four seasons.

In short, the Mets will guarantee $10 million a year (for 2014 and 2015), but Dickey wants at least $13 million; at the same time, teams are only offering one significant prospect for Dickey in trade, and the Mets want two… so, we wait.