After locking up their centerpiece player David Wright, the New York Mets are now facing the major decision of whether to trade or sign top pitcher R.A. Dickey, who is signed for the 2013 season at $5 million.
The front office remains "genuinely undecided" on which course to take, according to a New York Daily News report. But while up to eight teams are reportedly interested in trading for Dickey, the organization is apparently making progress in their contract negotiations with the 38-year-old knuckleballer.
Dickey himself told ESPN's Jim Bowden that he is "inching toward" an extension:
The current gap between the two sides is "not unbridgeable," according to the Daily News' Andy Martino:
The Mets know they can sign Dickey to a two-year extension at approximately $13 million per season, which would begin after he is paid $5 million next season.
Team insiders said that the Mets were not willing to pay Dickey quite that much.
Despite the impasse in negotiations that might or might not be permanent, some high-ranking Mets people remained optimistic about agreeing to an extension with Dickey.
The Mets' third option would be to stand pat and enter next season with Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner, as their ace on a bargain one-year deal -- a possibility that COO Jeff Wilpon mentioned on Wednesday, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin: