The Mets have picked up the 2013 options for David Wright and R.A. Dickey, reports Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The Mets held a $16 million option for Wright and a $5 million option for Dickey – both can become free agents after the 2013 season.
The Mets had until tomorrow to execute their option on Wright and until Friday to execute their option on Dickey.
Michael Baron, ContributorThis isn’t unexpected at all. There was no chance the Mets would decline their options on either. They’re no-brainer, inexpensive options. The question now is when all parties will come to a resolution on extensions beyond 2013, and how these options will play into those potential new deals.
As I said earlier, I’m confident the Mets will get a deal done with Wright. However, I’m less optimistic about Dickey, and I can see the Mets try and deal him this winter. The team reportedly has concerns over his age, contract demands, and the wear and tear an 80 mph knuckleball is having on his arm. But the decision to extend or deal Dickey shouldn’t come down to that. They would be in a better position to debate those issues if they were closer to a championship. Rather, it should be about whether or not Dickey’s presence for the next few years makes them better, whether or not his presence makes the organization healthier, and whether or not he can help put the team on the quickest path to not only being successful in the short-term, but the ability to sustain success over the long-term.
Earlier today, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman said the Mets and Wright are engaged in discussions for a contract extension, but the negotiations are slow at this time.