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Work to do as Mets end winter meetings

R.A. Dickey reads to kindergarten students. (Nov. 26,

R.A. Dickey reads to kindergarten students. (Nov. 26, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The winter meetings wrapped up Thursday morning, though there is still plenty of work to do for the Mets.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey remains in limbo -- caught somewhere between getting traded away and signing a contract extension.

"They're moving forward on two tracks so you shouldn't assume that well, we're waiting for a better trade offer," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We're also still exploring bringing R.A. back. So it's a combination of those things."

The Mets did not make any other trades or free agent signings to fill holes in the outfield and at catcher.

"We've explored the trade market," Alderson said. "That doesn't look all that promising at the moment. But the free agent market is also thin."

The Mets may have more options for a new outfielder. Alderson has been in contact with the agents for Scott Hairston about a possible return, though no new deal appears close.

In the Rule 5 draft, the Mets selected left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein from the Rays, though the 23-year-old will likely be traded in a minor deal. Aside from officially signing David Wright, the Mets came away from the winter meetings with few tangible results.

"We're happy with the progress we've made," Alderson said. "It's always nice to see something tangible at the meetings, but we feel like we've made solid progress on a number of different fronts."

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