Conflicting reports emerged Saturday about the status of the Mets' long-term contract negotiations with pitcher R.A. Dickey.
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A team official acknowledged that conversations continue between both sides but declined to offer specifics.
After winning the NL Cy Young Award, the 38-year-old Dickey could be in line for a two- or three-year deal worth somewhere in the range of $30 million to $40 million.
On Friday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson stuck with team policy and offered no details on the talks. He refused to disclose whether Dickey's negotiations are further along than the ones involving third baseman David Wright, whom the Mets also are trying to sign to a long-term deal.
"I wouldn't try to differentiate between the two right now," he said. "Both discussions are ongoing, and that's the only way I'd really characterize either one."
Alderson indicated that there still is time for the talks to pick up. The Mets hope to have a better sense of where they stand by the winter meetings, which begin Dec. 3 in Nashville, Tenn.
Both players remain without new deals despite the Mets' push to get both signed early in the offseason. The slow talks have fueled speculation that one or both ultimately could be traded, though Alderson said the pace of the talks aren't necessarily a fair indication of their progress.
"I don't think that should be taken as a negative," Alderson said. "I wouldn't."
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