Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey will don an elf costume Tuesday at Citi Field, where he will join Ike Davis and John Franco for the team's annual Kids Holiday Party. Barring any grinch-like behavior by the Mets, the appearance will grant Dickey some reprieve from the lingering possibility he will be traded.

Dickey's future remains just as unsettled as it was at the end of last week's winter meetings. A person with knowledge of the situation said there has been "nothing new since Nashville" on whether Dickey will be dealt or signed to an extension.

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More clarity in Dickey's situation was expected when baseball's starting pitching market finally roared to life. In the last few days, the budget-busting Dodgers lavished a six-year, $147-million contract on free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke. The Royals traded top outfield prospect Wil Myers to the Rays for pitchers Wade Davis and James Shields. Yet Dickey remains with the Mets and in limbo.

According to an industry source, the Mets have been trying to fill multiple areas of need in any deal involving Dickey, and the Rangers might be the only remaining possible suitor with the pieces to meet that demand. But the Mets have yet to be swayed by an offer.

Meanwhile, Dickey and the Mets have not made progress on talks about an extension.

The sides still are apart on the issue of money, with the Mets unwilling to meet Dickey's reported asking price of roughly $25 million over a two-year extension, though they have common ground on the deal's structure.