Dickey would like his option exercised, contract extension

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, R.A. Dickey would like the front office to pick up his 2013 option and begin negotiating a contract extension, saying:

“I like it here and I want to be here. I feel like the team is moving in the right direction, and I want to be a part of the solution. Now it’s up to them. If I’m in their plans, [a contract extension] is one way to make it known. … I made the comment before, when I signed my contract, that it was my hope to be the best bargain around. It looks like it’s kind of come true the last couple of years.”

In March, a team source has told Andy Martino of the Daily News that the Mets are considering numerous possibilities with regard to R.A. Dickey’s contract, which could include guaranteeing his option year for 2013.

According to Martino, the Mets view Dickey as a player who can contribute for several years, although “they have not made any concrete decisions about his future.”

Since joining the Mets for the 2010 season, Dickey is 25-23 with a 3.13 ERA in 69 appearances and 67 starts.

Dickey signed a two-year, $7.8 million contract prior to the 2011 season. The team holds a $5 million option on Dickey for next season, or they can opt to buy him out for $300,000 and make him a free agent.

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Michael Baron: Normally I’d be worried about the Mets looking to extend a pitcher in their late 30’s beyond a year at any point. But knuckleballers are different, especially Dickey. Over the last couple of years, he has demonstrated this relaxed intelligence and been a stabilizing force in an otherwise fluctuating rotation – the aging process has only seemed to help him in his career, which is highly unusual for any player regardless of the position.

Dickey has found a home in Flushing, he has proven he can make adjustments and outthink the opposition in any situation and, maybe most important his performance and guile resonates with fans – as long as he’s capable of doing those things, he has value to the organization and most definitely can be a part of the solution going forward.

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