Options for Wright, Dickey exercised

The New York Mets have exercised their 2013 contract options on All-Stars David Wright and R.A. Dickey, the team confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

The Mets said Wednesday they were not planning to make an official announcement of the moves that were really just a formality. General manager Sandy Alderson has said signing the two players to long-term deals is his top priority this offseason.

Wright, the Mets' third baseman since 2004, will make $16 million next season. A strong contender for the NL Cy Young Award, Dickey's deal will pay him $5 million.

A source said the Mets are not close to a deal with Wright and chose to exercise the contract option while the sides continue to talk.

Wright, the face of the franchise, batted .306 with 21 home runs and 93 RBIs en route to his sixth All-Star appearance this past season. The nine-year veteran, who turns 30 in December, is a .301 career hitter and is the franchise's all-time leader in multiple categories, including hits, runs and RBIs.

Dickey, who turned 38 on Monday, is coming off a breakthrough campaign and is a serious contender for this year's National League Cy Young Award. The knuckleballer went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and a league-leading 230 strikeouts.

The Mets also said a fundraiser for longtime team employee Shannon Forde has been postponed from Nov. 1 to Nov. 29 because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Forde, a mother of two, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.