Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
The New York Mets knuckleballer wants to work out a contract extension.
New York Mets knuckleball pitcher and Cy Young Award candidate R.A. Dickey revealed Saturday he wants to remain with the organization. However, he's unsure what the Mets plan to do (via MLB.com's Thomas Harding).
Dickey, who spoke and answered questions at a humanitarian event in Denver where he received the Branch Rickey Award, said he loves being a part of the franchise that took a chance on him.
"I don't want to go, let's put it that way. I like being a Met. That being said, I understand the business that I'm in. I've always understood it's a possibility and there would be no acrimony. It's not an acrimonious situation. Sandy is doing his due diligence because that's what he's paid to do for the New York Mets. I can hold it the way it's supposed to be held. I don't take it personally."
The 38-year-old Dickey, who's coming off a 20-6 season, admitted he's personally involved in contract talks. The Mets already picked up a 2013 option for $5 million, but a new extension will need to be worked out if New York wants him in town longer than that.
"Your guess is as good as mine as far as what direction they will go with it," said Dickey, who was honored at a banquet at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel on Saturday night. "Some of that will crystallize in the next couple of weeks or a month, before the Winter Meetings, hopefully.
The Branch Rickey Award is given to major-league players who attempt to do good through humanitarian services. Dickey was chosen by a national selection committee consisting of 350 members of the sports media, past award winners, baseball executives and Rotary district governors.