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Mets' discussions with R.A. Dickey continue as club weighs options

Mets' discussions with R.A. Dickey continue as club weighs options
By Scott Miller | Senior Baseball Columnist
December 5, 2012 1:29 pm ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As the Mets introduced David Wright, their new $138 million man, at the winter meetings on Wednesday, Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey's future with the Mets continues to hang precariously.

General manager Sandy Alderson reiterated that taking Dickey into the final year of his contract in 2013 is not the club's first choice, but he did not close the door on the idea.

What's preferable to the Mets remains negotiating a multiyear extension with Dickey, but a fairly good-sized divide remains between the two sides.

Dickey is seeking a two-year deal for roughly $30 million, colleague Jon Heyman reports, with the Mets offering about $20 million over two seasons. They've been talking for two months and remain $10 million apart.

"I'm sure we'll have more discussions," Alderson said. "I'm not prepared to say here they can throw out my last offer and assume I'm going to make another one."

Some eight clubs have engaged the Mets in talks for Dickey, according to sources, but as of midday Wednesday none of the proposed deals were to the Mets' liking.

"Can we make a trade?" Alderson asked rhetorically. "Yeah, we can make a trade.

"We can make a trade."

Alderson said he thinks the situation is closer to a resolution, if only because conversations have traveled far enough down the road that there isn't much discovery that needs to take place.

"With the passage of time comes more information and a better ability to assess where we are," Alderson said. "But it doesn't mean we'll have a resolution by the time we leave here [Thursday] afternoon.

"But when we leave here, we'll be comfortable that we will have explored all of our options."

The idea of Dickey pitching for the Mets in the final season of his deal at $5 million remains an option, Alderson said, but it has become more and more clear that is his last resort.

"I don't think it's more of a likelihood than it was yesterday," the GM said. "It certainly is an option. Not preferable, from our standpoint, but at some stage we'll have to weigh Option A, Option B and Option C and make a judgment.

"It may turn out that the one-year option is the most viable for us."

But not before more negotiations and, undoubtedly, more trade talks take place.

Dickey and his agent, Bo McKinnis, both of whom live in Nashville, were expected to be at the Opryland Hotel at some point Wednesday.

"Maybe it's a shoe deal or something," Alderson quipped.