Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey expects to have "more leverage" during upcoming contract extension discussions with the Mets, according to Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger. Dickey signed a two-year, $7.8 million extension before the 2011 season; the deal included a $5 million option for 2013 that the Mets will likely exercise.
The 37-year-old right hander is in the midst of the best season of his career: He leads the NL with a 2.66 ERA and goes for his 20th win Thursday afternoon against the Pirates. Dickey would be just the fifth pitcher in franchise history to win at least 20 games in a season and the first since Frank Viola went 20-12 in 1990.
“It’s different in that you accept the first contract trying to be compensated for 13 years of playing the game and finally getting a chance to take care of your family,” Dickey said of his contract discussions with the team. “This mentality is different. Because I’ve done that now. I have more freedom to really weigh things.”
Mets All-Star third baseman David Wright also has a $16 million option with a deadline that is two days before Dickey's, and the two are seen as a "package deal" according to Dickey. Last month, GM Sandy Alderson has stated his intent to try to keep both players, although he made no guarantees:
“Nothing with respect to 2013 rides on what we do with those two players,” said Alderson. “Their situations will be at the top of our list. But if we have to exercise options, we have to exercise options.”