The New York Mets have exercised the 2013 contract options for two of their best players, third baseman David Wright and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
The team confirmed the contract options to ESPN New York on Wednesday, signaling a move on the team’s part to retain some of the major pieces for a rebuilding season ahead. The team took a surprise start to the 2012 season, hanging tight with the Washington Nationals for the division lead through the All-Star break, but stumbled in the second half of the year to a 74-88 record.
David Wright’s contract option is worth $16 million, while R.A. Dickey‘s is worth $5 million. The Mets have noted that they’re working with agents for both players to negotiation longer-term contracts to keep them in New York.
A source noted that the team is not yet close to a deal with Wright, however. Picking up his 2013 option was seen as a procedural step toward the negotiation process, the New York Post reported.
David Wright got off to a hot start in 2012, flirting with .400 for more than a month. He finished the season batting .306 with 21 home runs and 93 RBIs, earning his sixth All-Star appearance. This season he also took a number of team milestones, and now stands as the franchise leader in multiple categories, including hits, runs, and RBIs.
R.A. Dickey is coming off the best season of his career. His dominant knuckleball helped him earn a 20-6 record with a 2.73 ERA and league-leading 230 strikeouts. Early in the season he made headlines by pitching consecutive one-hitters for the Mets.