And now R.A. is on the clock ...

R.A. Dickey

R.A. Dickey

#43 SP
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM34
  • W20

  • L6

  • BB54

  • K230

  • ERA2.73

The winter meetings are in Nashville beginning Sunday. And that happens to be the hometown of R.A. Dickey as well as his agent -- meaning the "crock pot," to use Dickey's term, should be turned up to a high level of heat toward consummating a deal.

With David Wright's deal now a physical from being official, the focus will shift to locking up Dickey. And those aware of the Mets' plans feel confident a deal will be reached.

In fact, a major league source said Dickey would be content with a two-year extension on top of the existing $5 million owed in 2013. So while the sides will negotiate the annual salary, the length should not pose much of an obstacle.

Also, a source familiar with the Mets' plans said this week that the Mets are unlikely to trade a starting pitcher unless they are bowled over by a trade proposal, perhaps by a suitor that loses out in the bidding for free agent Zack Greinke.