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.