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Mets, Dickey only $6 million apart, but team still listening on trades

After negotiating for two months, Dickey and the Mets are still $6 million away from agreeing on a deal. (Getty Images)

R.A. Dickey and the Mets are only $6 million apart in negotiations now, but the Mets continue to talk to teams interested in a trade for the reigning NL Cy Young winner.

Sources indicate at least a couple teams have offered one elite prospect for Dickey, but the Mets are looking for multiple players back in a package.

The Mets could just decide to bring Dickey back on his $5 million 2013 contract, though that probably isn't optimal.

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The contract negotiations, which have been going on for more than two months now, have the Mets offering a two-year, $20 million extension on top of the $5 million contract in place for 2013, with Dickey looking for $26 million over two years.

The Rangers are the most frequently named team in trade negotiations, but are not believed to be close to a deal for Dickey. Their top available prospect, third baseman Mike Olt, isn't the best fit for the Mets since they just signed 3B David Wright to an eight-year, $138 million extension.

The Angels, Dodgers, Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Royals are among other teams to have talked to the Mets about Dickey.

Dickey, a knuckleballer, is a difficult pitcher in terms of gauging his value because of his unusual career path. He rose from journeyman to valued rotation member in 2010 before taking the huge step to become the best pitcher in the league.

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