Priority remains retaining Wright and Dickey

Today in Coney Island, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon told reporters the team’s top priority remains retaining both David Wright and R.A. Dickey.

Wilpon says negotiations are “on-going” with the two players, and while Wilpon acknowledged they are exploring other options for Dickey, that serves only as their backup plan.

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 is a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award, which will be announced tomorrow night.

The Mets exercised both Wright’s and Dickey’s options for 2013 – Wright will earn $16 million and Dickey will earn $5 million. Both can become free agents after the 2013 season.