At today’s holiday party held by the Mets every year Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey played the part of an elf for school children who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. When asked about his contract negotiations Dickey expressed disappointment at how things were progressing. Here is some of what Dickey had to say courtesy of Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.
“It’s hard,” Dickey said. “When people say it’s business, it’s not personal, well that just means it’s not personal for them. I’m hoping it ends up in a good place, but also in the back of your mind you think it may not. That’s sad.”
“In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair,” Dickey said. “& I feel like we’re asking for less than what’s fair because that’s how it’s been for me. There is a surprise sometimes when things don’t get done quickly and you already think you’re extending the olive branch. At the same time, they have a budget they have to adhere to. I don’t know those numbers. And I try not to take it personally.”
R.A. Dickey also pointed out when asked about the Mets option of letting him simply play out the season without an extension that it would mean he would most likely not be back in 2014.
“If that’s the decision they feel like is best for the club, and that’s the decision that they make, I feel like it would be unfortunate, because it probably is going to mean I’m not going to be back (in 2014),”
Regarding the ongoing negotiations the Mets GM had this to say.
“We continue to talk to R.A., and specifically his agent, and there’s some progress being made there. Obviously, at the same time, we’ll talk to some other clubs and keep R.A. to some extent apprised of those conversations. We’re in a similar place today to where we were last week. But the surrounding circumstances have changed somewhat. So I hope we’ll have more clarity in a few days. In the meantime, we’re more or less status quo.”