The Mets remain in preliminary talks with both David Wright and R.A. Dickey about possible contract extensions, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.
That said, though Alderson has spoken to both Wright and Dickey about his long-term plan, and though he has told them both he would like them back, Alderson and their respective agents are still ‘talking about when to really get talking,’ according to a team source.
Earlier this month, Mike Puma of the New York Post said it was possible the Mets could have new deals for both Dickey and Wright before the start of the World Series.
The Mets hold club options on both Wright and Dickey for 2013 (combined $21 million) for 2013. However, both players have said they will become free agents at the end of next season, assuming new contracts cannot be worked out this winter with the Mets.
Michael Baron, ContributorI expect the Mets to immediately pick up both of their options once the World Series ends. At that point, Alderson will have time to potentially work out long-term deals with both players. I still expect the Mets to focus on Wright first, and then see how things shake out with R.A. But the sooner they can wrap up these deals, the better off they’ll be. For starters, it would show the Mets have an ability and desire to invest in the Major League roster, which Wright has said is an important factor in his decision. Second, it would bring certainty that two star-caliber players will be back next season and here for future seasons (without the cloud of trade speculation hanging over everyone’s heads). Lastly, with these two players under new contracts, Alderson would be able to better project future rosters and budgets.