Latest on R.A. Dickey: Two sides are not close to a deal

R.A. Dickey polaroidJim Bowden of ESPN says while progress has been made in contract negotiations, the Mets and R.A. Dickey are “not even close” to a new deal.

Dec. 2, 1:50 pm: In a post to Twitter, Buster Olney says the perception among rival executives is that it’s now much easier to trade R.A. Dickey without a PR backlash now that they’ve signed David Wright.

Dec. 2, 9:37 am: The Rangers are interested in acquiring R.A. Dickey from the Mets, reports T.R. Sullivan of

According to Sullivan, the Rangers want to meet with the Mets regarding Dickey at the Winter Meetings.

The Rangers originally selected Dickey in the 1996 first-year player draft. He went 16-19 with a 5.72 ERA 77 games and 33 starts with the Rangers from 2001-2006. The Rangers sent Dickey to the Minor Leagues in 2005 so he can begin learning to throw a knuckleball.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Dec. 2, 1:50 pm: I don’t think it’s as simple as those rival executives suggest. I think most fans understand the team needs to improve, and trading Dickey – one of the few players with any trade value on the roster – might be that ticket to do so. But while many fans understand that, they still don’t want the team to trade Dickey. The connection he has with the fans is undeniable, and that has significant value as well.

Dec. 2, 9:37 am: If R.A. were to wind up in Texas, his career would officially come full circle. It remains to be seen if the two teams can find a match, and it’s worth noting that Texas reportedly was unwilling to deal top prospect Jurickson Profar (a shortstop) in a deal for Justin Upton. Mike Olt could be an option although he projects more as a corner infielder at this time. No matter what, like I said yesterday about a deal with the Royals for Wil Myers, Texas has to be weary of dealing such young, high ceiling guys for a 38-year-old pitcher.

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Contract: The Mets exercised their $5 million option for Dickey for 2013. He can become a free agent after next season.

Stats: Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, having allowed 192 hits and 54 walks with 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings. He became the first Met to win 20 games since Frank Viola in 1990, and won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award.