Speaking at a Mets holiday event, Dickey suggested he'd likely leave as a free agent after the 2013 season if he and the Mets don't agree to an extension, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports (Twitter links). Dickey said he feels he has been more than fair and expressed disappointment with the negotiations.
The sides have "inched toward" progress in the past 24 hours, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. While the Mets haven't ruled out a trade, they've increased their offer to the two-year, $20MM range on top of Dickey's 2013 salary of $5MM. The Mets had previously been offering a total of approximately $16MM for the 2014-15 seasons, but Dickey seeks $26MM for that two-year period, Martino reports. Yesterday Mets people were more optimistic about contract talks with Dickey than about trade talks with the Rangers, according to Martino.
Dickey wants the deal done by opening day to be sure his value doesn't collapse during the season. The Mets are willing to sign a deal that includes an option for 2016...
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