Negotiations for Wright to start at $100m, Mets don’t want more than 2 years for Dickey

“The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for star third baseman David Wright, people familiar with the team’s thinking said,” according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman believes the Mets intend to work to keep Wright, giving him “at least most of October” before considering a trade.

Last week on WFAN, Sandy Alderson spoke with Mike Francesa and said he has talked with Wright and his agents since the conclusion of the season and, while there are no guarantees of a resolution to a contract extension, “we’re going to move on this very quickly.”

Wright recently told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York he is hopeful he will remain with the Mets through the end of his career, although he intends on testing free agency after the 2013 should the two sides not come to terms on an extension this winter.

Wright just completed the final year of a six-year, $55 million contract he signed with the Mets during the 2006 season. The Mets hold a $16 million option on him for 2013 with a $1 million buyout, after which he can become a free agent.

As for R.A. Dickey, Heyman says that – due to his ability to throw his knuckleball in excess of 80 mph – the Mets are worried about what kind of impact that might have on his arm, and so they are concerned about giving Dickey more than a two-year contract unless it’s for a substantial bargain.

However, a rival GM told Heyman he believes Dickey’s value to be around $15 million per season. The Mets are not thinking along those lines for Dickey at this point.

Dickey just completed a two-year, $7.8 million contract he signed with the Mets before the 2011 season. The Mets hold a $5 million option on Dickey for 2013 with a $300,000 buyout, after which he can become a free agent.

Michael Baron, Contributor

On the one hand, it’s exciting to learn the Mets are seemingly being proactive in trying to get these deals done. It tells me they have both the ability and desire to retain their stars, especially Wright who is important to the club on so many levels, both on and off the field.

On the other hand, it does take two to tango in these deals. In the case of Wright and the Mets, both have expressed a public interest in getting a deal done, and while that’s encouraging, I probably won’t take any comfort in the situation until the deal is signed, and Wright is standing on the podium at Citi Field discussing his future with the club.

Dickey is a little different, however. I really would like to see him back for the long-term, but I can understand why the Mets are weary of going overboard on a new deal. Dickey has always expressed an interest in being one of baseball’s biggest bargains – he has undoubtedly been that for the better part of three seasons. But it would be hard to feel comfortable about the a possible deal on the level Heyman suggests for Dickey. Extending Dickey and giving him any kind of raise would impact the Mets’ ability to invest in the Major League roster during the seasons of his contract – at $15 million a year? Yikes… Under that scenario, I could see the Mets pick Dickey’s 2013 option up and then look to deal him for other parts now. That wouldn’t be a popular move (and something I would not be happy about myself), especially since he’s on the cusp of winning a Cy Young Award and has made such a connection with the fans.