The New York Mets don’t have a lot of financial flexibility this offseason and while they have many holes to fill, two of their main priorities will be David Wright and R.A. Dickey.
Both Wright and Dickey have club options for the 2013 season, so it’s not as if there is immediate urgency to make the moves now, but it’s likely to happen sooner rather than later. If the Mets enter the season without having extended these two cornerstones, trade rumors will persist and it’s more likely both won’t be back with the team.
The good news is general manager Sandy Alderson has spoken about the importance of keeping both players with the team and more importantly, he’s pointed to the fact that the team finally has the financial freedom to make the moves. As the team moves further from the Bernie Madoff lawsuit, they’ll be in even better shape.
For now, the Mets are looking at about $100 million for Wright to keep him with the club in the long run. He led the team with a .306 batting average while chipping in 21 home runs, 93 RBI’s, 91 runs and 15 stolen bases. Without question, he’s the most complete player in the batting order and everything revolves around him.
As for Dickey, the Mets are likely to work hard to keep him as well but the contract won’t be as long or as lucrative as Wright’s. Dickey is 38-years-old and people making their MLB picks know that he’s never had a year like his 20-win campaign this year. Aside from this season, he’s just 41-50 for his career. Even so, he’s been a steady arm in the Mets rotation and they’ll likely try to extend him for two or three years to keep him happy.
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