The Mets have officially picked up the 2013 options they held on David Wright and R.A. Dickey. Both players were obviously excellent this year, earning well-deserved spots on the National League's All Star team.
Wright will earn $16 million next year and will be a free agent at the end of the season if the Mets are unable to work out an extension. The team has indicated that it fully intends to do so, however, and was willing to begin negotiations with Wright at $100 million. Last week, our very own Eno Sarris looked at how much Wright should get in an extension, and guest columnist Mike Bates asked whether or not a long-term extension was a good idea for the Mets.
With a very good year at the plate and his best defensive performance to date at third base, Wright looked like one of the best third basemen in the game this year. A year removed from Jose Reyes's departure to the Miami Marlins, he is the longest-tenured player on the Mets' roster and unquestionably the face of the franchise.
Dickey will earn a mere $5 million next year, which tops the $4.25 million he made this year but will still be a massive bargain for the Mets. His extension would look a lot different from Wright's given his age, but he would certainly demand a raise in future years after putting up what should be a Cy Young award season in 2012.
While the fact that the Mets picked up both options means that they haven't come to terms on an extension with either Wright or Dickey yet, it certainly doesn't preclude them from doing so in the coming months. If extensions are not worked out, both players would have quite a bit of trade value, but let's hope it doesn't come to that and numbers 5 and 43 are still wearing orange and blue on Opening Day.