R.A Dickey underwent surgery to repair an abdominal muscle in October. The surgery was relatively minor and he is expected to have a completely normal offseason. Part of his offseason will include contract discussions. The same is true of David Wright who was healthy for most of 2012. The New York Mets want to extend both players, but they have not made much headway.
- Andy McCullough of the New Jersey Star-Ledger says the team is not close to getting new contracts in place for both players. GM Sandy Alderson is working on the contracts, but there is a sizable gap in the negotiations.
- R.A. Dickey may soon become trade bait. The Sporting News is reporting that Dickey could become a trade chip if the contract negotiations do not go anywhere. They quoted a National League talent evaluator: "It makes sense that they would think about selling high on him.”
- Negotiations between the Mets and David Wright could take a strange turn if Major League Baseball finds that his agents, who also represent Melky Cabrera tried to circumvent the CBA's drug policy. According to Teri Thompson and Michael O'Keefe of the New York Daily News, teams will be instructed not to deal with the two agents if any wrong doing is found. This could certainly affect Wright.
- Dickey has another negotiation tool at his disposal. The players chose him as the most outstanding player in the National League in the Player's Choice voting. Of course, his success was no secret to the Mets, and they are definitely working toward keeping him long-term.