According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets have increased their contract extension offer to R.A. Dickey to two-years for $20 million dollars.
Dickey has been asking for a two-year extension for approximately $26 million, totaling $31 million over three years. The Mets now are closer to a three-year deal worth $25 million total.
This would put Dickey and the Mets only $5 million apart.
On the trade front, the Mets have not gotten and better offers for Dickey as many believed would happen after Zack Greinke signed and James Shields came off the table. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports adds that a deal to send Dickey to the Rangers is unlikely.
“While we’re waiting for a better trade offer, we’re also still exploring bringing R.A. back,” Alderson said.
I’ve already mentioned many times the different reasons why teams are reluctant to trade for Dickey, so I wont keep repeating myself. But I will say that the front office has clearly misread the market for their 38-year old ace.