Mets didn’t get far in extension talks with R.A. Dickey

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R.A. Dickey is under the Mets’ control for next season via $5 million team option, but Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the team’s recent pursuit of a contract extension for the knuckleballer didn’t get very far.

According to McCullough “earlier this season Dickey and the Mets discussed a short-term extension into at least 2014” but “the team elected to wait and observe Dickey during the course of the season.”

That was a reasonable enough stance to take with a 37-year-old knuckleballer who had zero success before 2010, but obviously Dickey’s price tag has gone up considerably since then as he’s shown little sign of slowing down and is now 15-3 with a 2.72 ERA and league-leading 166 strikeouts.

It’s hard to predict the market for Dickey, but it’s not hard to imagine multiple teams making two- and maybe even three-year offers in excess of $10 million per season on the open market.