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.
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.