They will hopefully get something done in a trade or in an extension. Because honestly, this is giving the Mets brass a TERRIBLE rep.
I think the problem isn't that the Mets can't afford it. They are more than willing to offer what he wants and what is fair. I think it's the fact that once they offer it, they will not be able to deal him.
They still want to keep the option of dealing him available. Because they know that although Dickey is great, 2-4 guys would be much more beneficial to this team.