Source: Sox talked to Mets about Dickey

NASHVILLE -- The Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets met Monday afternoon to discuss the possibility of a trade involving Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, according to a baseball source.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and Mets GM Sandy Alderson met, with New York looking for top Red Sox prospects Jackie Bradley, Jr., and shortstop Xander Boegarts in exchange for the Cy Young Award winner, the source said.

The Mets met with eight different teams on Monday about Dickey, according to the source. It’s unlikely the Red Sox would part with those two prospects.

Dickey won the NL Cy Young Award going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 2012.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told ESPNNewYork.com his Monday agenda was busy with meetings with potential suitors for Dickey. The knuckleballer is under contract for next season at $5 million, but the Mets are serious about trading him this offseason if an extension cannot be reached.

"Everything we did today was preliminary," Dickey told ESPNNewYork.com. "We've met with several clubs on a variety of topics -- not just R.A. We expect to do that the remainder of the afternoon and maybe this evening as well."

Alderson said he would be looking for "difference makers" in return for Dickey -- not low-A prospects. He added that the incoming player would not necessarily have to be an outfielder or catcher -- the two areas of most glaring need for the club.

"What we've tried to say to ourselves is that we have to get back difference makers," Alderson said. "It doesn't have to be a catcher. It doesn't have to be an outfielder. It doesn't have to be anything. But it has to be a difference maker. Because R.A. is a difference maker."

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin was used in this report.