Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 10/19/14
This afternoon at the New York Mets holiday party in Citi Field, R.A. Dickey told reporters he would test free agency after the 2013 season, if he does not sign a contract extension with the club this off-season.  Which R.A. said would most likely mean he will not be back in 2014. “If that’s the decision they feel like is best for the club, and that’s the decision that they make, I feel like it would be unfortunate, because it probably is going to mean I’m not going to be back (in 2014). I’m so close to free agency, and I don’t want any distractions.” #bbpBox_278523030001577984 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_278523030001577984 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Dickey also said the two sides are still far apart. He admits it’s hard not to feel insulted by the pace, distance of negotiations. about 14 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite @McCulloughSL Andy McCullough “It’s hard. When people say it’s business, it’s not personal, well, that just means it’s not personal for them. I’m hoping it ends up in a good place, but also in the back of your mind you think it may not. That’s sad. In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair. I feel like we’re asking for less than what’s fair because that’s how it’s been for me. There is a surprise sometimes when things don’t get done quickly and you already think you’re extending the olive branch. At the same time, they have a budget they have to adhere to. I don’t know those numbers. And I try not to take it personally.” ~R.A. Dickey as quoted by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York Those are some pretty strong words from the knuckleballer.  I can’t say he is wrong as far as his asking price is concerned.  Especially when you look around the league at some of the contracts being handed out to other starters (Zack Grienke signed a 6-year/$147M deal with the Dodgers,  Kevin Correa agreed to a 2-year/$10M deal with the Twins, and Dan Haren inked a 1-year/$13M deal with the Nats). I am surprised, however, of the timing of his comments.  They come hours after Andy Martino of the Daily News reported the Mets were in the process of increasing its offer to the Cy Young Award winner to approximately three years, $25 million. According to Martino: “The breakdown: A two-year contract extension at about $10 million per season, in addition to the $5 million already owned to Dickey in 2013. Despite reports to the contrary, Mets sources insisted that the team had not offered that much during last week’s winter meetings. As the Daily News has been reporting, Dickey has been asking for a two-year extension for approximately $26 million, totaling $31 million over three years.” I have stated plenty of times that I would like to see the Mets re-sign R.A. and keep the knuckleballer in NY for the next couple of years.  That said, I realize that trading Dickey could help fill voids in both the outfield and behind the dish.  According to MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone, “the Mets are asking for at least two top prospects, including your team’s best hitting prospect, and maybe a back-up catcher, in any deal for Dickey.”  Meanwhile, according to Cerrone: “People close to the team have told me Dickey started out wanting $40 million guaranteed over the next four years. He’s reduced his demands, and now the Mets believe they can sign him to a contract that pays him his $5 million in 2013, but then $10 million each of the next two years. …I’m now hearing the Mets also are considering an option year for 2016, probably at the same $10 million, which would give Dickey the chance to make $35 million the next four seasons. In short, the Mets will guarantee $10 million a year (for 2014 and 2015), but Dickey wants at least $13 million; at the same time, teams are only offering one significant prospect for Dickey in trade, and the Mets want two.” It is obvious Dickey wants to stay in New York.  At the same time, it would be irresponsible for the Sandy Alderson and the Metsexcutives to not look at all their options and do what they feel is best for the team; even if that means trading the Cy-Young winner.  In the meantime, us fans can continue to debate what we think the club will do — and should do — with Mr. R.A.diculous.   And so, I ask you. What will the Mets do with R.A. Dickey?  Sign him to an extension, trade him, or let him play out his one-year option?  
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

Alleged details of War Machine's suicide letter released

Austin Davis says Rams security didn't recognize him

LeBron: Bulls are 'much better' than Cavs right now

Redskins to stick with Colt McCoy over Kirk Cousins

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rick Pitino: Louisville will beat FSU in football

Report: Rams considered favorites to move to LA

Kobe to Julius Randle: You’re an idiot if you (expletive) this up

Slava Voynov arrested on D.V. charge, suspended indefinitely

Report: Ray Rice could be reinstated within next month

Earl Thomas: Refs need to stay out of it and let us dominate

WATCH: Salvador Perez hassles Lorenzo Cain at media session

Lane Kiffin trashed in Tennessee political ad

WATCH: Lawrence Timmons throws up on field during MNF

10 NBA players who could be traded by the All-Star break

WATCH: Jimbo Fisher gets annoyed, cuts interview short

WATCH: Les Miles has classic reaction to dumb question

WATCH: Tennessee coach tried to trip Ole Miss player?

News station congratulates Gary Payton for breaking TD record

Did Sidney Crosby troll Flyers fans with Halloween costume?

Why Dan Mullen is not leaving Mississippi State

12 amazing stats from Week 7

World Series preview: Will Giants or Royals win it all?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Angry Jimbo Fisher cuts off interview

Is Kobe's deal hurting the Lakers?

Tenn. coach tried to trip Ole Miss CB?

GGG continues his reign of terror

The 6 things that mattered this weekend in the premier league

News station congratulates Gary Payton for TD record

Ray Rice could be back by Week 10?

12 amazing stats from Week 7

World Series preview

Favre: I got calls about playing last season

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.