The Mets are planning to offer R.A. Dickey a two-year contract extension according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Meanwhile, Andy Martino of The New York Daily News heard that the team already made a two-year offer two weeks ago and the two sides have been negotiating since (Twitter link).
The team knows Dickey will take a two-year deal according to Martino, and ESPN's Buster Olney reports (on Twitter) that the knuckleballer seeks at least $10MM annually. Martino says (on Twitter) that it's been clear during talks that Dickey is willing to sign a deal comparable to Jake Peavy's two-year, $29MM pact with the White Sox. The 38-year-old right-hander pitched to a 2.73 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in a league-leading 233 2/3 innings this year, good enough to win the Cy Young Award.
The Mets exercised Dickey's $5MM option for 2013 after the season and although the two sides have been discussing an extension, the team has also gauged his trade value in case things don't work out. GM Sandy Alderson said yesterday that they need "a little more clarity" on the contract situations with both Dickey and David Wright prior to the Winter Meetings in early-December.