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.

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.