Mets hoping for “clarity” on David Wright and R.A. Dickey before Winter Meetings

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said during the final week of the regular season that contract talks with David Wright and R.A. Dickey were his top priority going into the offseason. Six weeks later, there’s no resolution with either player. However, Alderson told Marc Carig of New York Newsday earlier this evening that he’s hoping to change that before the Winter Meetings begin on December 3.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported earlier this week that the Mets made an offer to Wright and received a counter proposal. Talks reportedly aren’t as far along with Dickey. If progress isn’t made by early December, it’s possible both players could be on the trade block.

Wright is set to earn $16 million in 2013 while Dickey will make $5 million. They are both due to hit free agency next offseason.

Dodgers acquire Matt Kemp in five-player trade with Braves

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The Dodgers have pulled off their first blockbuster trade of the offseason, sending Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson, Adrian Gonzalez and cash considerations to the Braves for Matt Kemp, per announcements from both teams. The Braves are set to designate Gonzalez for assignment on Monday, making him a free agent.

Kemp, 33, had a down year with the Braves in 2017, hitting a career-low -0.5 fWAR in 115 games with the club. At the plate, he slashed a modest .276/.318/.463 with 19 home runs and a .781 OPS through 467 plate appearances, but was hampered by a nagging left hamstring strain through most of the season. This will be his 10th campaign with the Dodgers.

Whether or not Kemp can rebound during his second stint in Los Angeles is almost beside the point, however. The deal is effectively a salary dump to end all salary dumps. Offloading multiple one-year contracts for McCarthy, Kazmir and Gonzalez should bring the Dodgers back under the $197 million luxury tax threshold and position them to make a run at some of the big fish in next year’s free agent pool. It’s also worth noting that they may not keep Kemp around for long — per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the club appears as likely to flip the veteran outfielder as they are to use him. As for the Braves, they not only rid themselves of the $43 million due Kemp through 2020, but added some rotation and infield depth with McCarthy and Culberson and can now give top prospect Ronald Acuna a legitimate tryout in left field.