Monday December 3rd, 2012

The New York Mets are inching closer to trading 2012 NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, according to a tweet from ESPN baseball reporter Jayson Stark.

https://twitter.com/jaysonst/status/275665141952049156

Dickey and the Mets have been locked in contract negotiations since the end of the season, but it appears little progress has been made. Dickey holds a one-year, $5 million option, but given his performance this last season and the potential for distraction during next season, the Mets would rather trade Dickey or sign him to a new contract. It now looks like a trade is more likely. Both the teams mentioned in Stark's tweet have expressed interest in acquiring a front-line starting pitcher, with the Royals publicly offering an enticing package of prospects in any deal.

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