Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that a team source says the Mets could have both David Wright and R.A. Dickey agreeing to sign extensions with the Mets by the start of the World Series.
According to Puma, while Sandy Alderson has not yet spoken to Dickey’s representatives, he has (and Alderson said so himself earlier this week) spoken to Wright and his agents.
Puma says that industry sources have suggested Wright will “seek a contract of at least seven years and $125 million.”
As for Dickey, a veteran agent suggested he might be seeking a deal similar to the one Oliver Perez signed with the Mets before the 2009 season – three years and around $36 million.
The Mets hold club options on both Wright and Dickey for 2013 (combined $21 million) for 2013, but both have said they intend to test free agency after the conclusion of the 2013 season if extensions cannot be reached before then.
In addition, Wright had reportedly indicated he is not willing to negotiate a new contract during next season, as was the case this past season.
Michael Baron, ContributorThe sooner Sandy can wrap up these contracts, the better the position of the club will be in for a variety of reasons. First off, it brings the certainty that two star calibered players will be back next season (and not shopped) and will be here for the foreseeable future. Second, it will end the questions and speculation that would undoubtedly dominate the team until they’ve reached a level of certainty with those players, one way or the other. And, as was the case with Jose Reyes’ final season with the Mets in 2011, that would probably not be a good thing for the team or the fans. Third, with these two secured (assuming they can reach new deals with them), they have the ability to forecast both their roster and budget going forward, which will better gauge their direction and ability to invest in the big league roster (which Wright has stated is a necessity with the Mets). Lastly, they can then move on to other areas of the roster, such as finding new and better outfielders, catching, and some veteran bullpen help to aid the development of the younger pitchers down there.