Rangers in talks with Mets about R.A. Dickey trade, but an extension now seems more likely

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Couple of developments on the R.A. Dickey front.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Rangers “expressed willingness” to include prospect Mike Olt in a trade for the 38-year-old knuckleballer but were told by the Mets front office that it’s going to take more. In related news, Martino writes that the Mets have made “modest progress” on a contract extension for Dickey since the Winter Meetings concluded on Thursday night.

Olt, a 24-year-old third baseman, first baseman and corner outfielder, owns a .282/.391/.521 career slash line in the minor leagues and slugged 28 home runs in 92 games this past season at Double-A Frisco.

The Rangers are doubtful to sweeten their offer beyond Olt, and the Mets are doubtful to get a better return elsewhere.  So it seems that an extension that will keep Dickey in New York is the likeliest scenario.

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays

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If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.

“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.

Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.