And as we reported yesterday, the two sides are closer on substance. Were about $10 mil. apart at winter meetings, about $6 mil now.— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) December 12, 2012
Martino also tweeted that the Mets will let him play out his option year and will not cave to the two-year, $26 million demand.
Dickey was the National League Cy Young Award winner last season. He went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA. He pitched a league-high 233⅔ innings and struck out 230.
Dickey ran away with the Cy Young voting. He earned 27 first-place votes. Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, was second with two first-place votes.
The 37-year-old knuckleballer has improved his game over the last three seasons with the Mets. In his first nine seasons in the league, he had a 5.43 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 442 innings.
In his last three seasons, Dickey has a 2.95 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 616 innings.