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.