NEW YORK — Sandy Alderson is set on keeping All-Stars David Wright and R.A. Dickey with the Mets.
New York's general manager told a group of season-ticket holders a few hours before the Mets played the Houston Astros on Sunday he wants to deal with contracts for Dickey and Wright this offseason even though the team holds options on each player for 2013.
"I fully expect that David Wright and R.A. Dickey will be here not only next year, but longer term," he said. "We're going to deal with it up front while we have a little room to maneuver."
Wright and Dickey are two bright spots in a season that has gone sour after the All-Star break. At 58-69, the Mets are headed for their sixth straight season without a playoff appearance and fourth in a row finishing under .500.
But the 29-year-old Wright is having one of his finest seasons, batting .317 with 17 homers and 76 RBIs. His .411 on-base percentage is second in the major leagues. Dickey has ridden his knuckleball right into the conversation for the NL Cy Young Award. The first-time All-Star is tied for the league lead in wins with 16 and has a 2.76 ERA with a career-high 183 strikeouts.
The 37-year-old Dickey revived his career by becoming a knuckleball pitcher and, in 2010, the Mets in gave him a chance to prove he could excel in a rotation. He would like to repay that trust — if the circumstances are right.
"I'm open to talking about whatever they would like. I love it here. A part of me enjoys being loyal to an organization that has given me a shot," Dickey said. "I do want to win, too, because I am at the place I am in my career. And I want to be a part of that solution here, whatever that's going to be. I would like to know what direction that we're going. I think that's fair. Make the decisions accordingly."
Manager Terry Collins thinks the talent is in the organization. He cited the emergence of pitcher Matt Harvey and players such as first baseman Ike Davis and outfielder Lucas Duda, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, as reasons to be hopeful.