Coleman: Mets Reaching Critical Point In Wright, Dickey Negotiations
It’s now a little over 7 weeks since baseball’s regular season ended – and both David Wright and R.A. Dickey remain unsigned by the Mets. Their extensions have been picked up for next year, but longer-term deals have not been reached with either. Discussions? Yes. Progress made? A little. But next week will be a crucial one regarding the two players because it leads up to the start of the Winter Meetings, December 3rd in Nashville, and the Mets will need a clearer picture of where they stand in order to better formulate their plans to move forward.
Mets C.O.O. Jeff Wilpon recently stated that there are 3 options in play. The team’s preference is to sign both Wright and Dickey to extensions. Secondly, if that doesn’t happen, they could keep them on their current one-year extensions and have them play out the season. Finally, if neither of those come to fruition, they could trade one or both of them – now during the off-season or at the trading deadline next July.
Kansas City recently signed RHP Jeremy Guthrie to a 3 year $25 million contract ($5M-$11M-$9M), which could be a problem for the Mets in the Dickey negotiations. The Mets were looking to sign their Cy Young award winner for less money than Guthrie received over the length of his contract – more than the per-year figure ($8.3M) but less than the total ($25M), something on the order of a 2-year extension at $20-22 million, which would effectively double Dickey’s salary.
Can't help but recall -- as everyone else has - how Alderson proclaimed that the Mets would move quickly on these signings. Seven weeks later you have to wonder either they're going to fork up the cash or they're not. The numbers aren't going to go away. Wright and Dickey will get what they want either from the Mets or someone else, The only question is whether the Mets want to pay them or if they'll trade them to someone else who will.
I'm thinking it's most likely the latter.