R.A. Dickey, Mets moving toward contract extension

Will R.A. Dickey remain in Queens beyond the 2013 season? Signs point to yes. (US Presswire)

NL Cy Young favorite R.A. Dickey, who's entering the final season of his contract with the Mets, tells Marc Carig of Newsday that talks regarding an extension are looking up ... 

While there's no assailing the excellence of Dickey's Cy-caliber 2012 season or his compelling personal narrative, the Mets are in essence traveling without a map when it comes to assessing Dickey's future value. After all, what do you expect going forward from a pitcher who throws an 80-plus-mph knuckleball and, at age 38, is coming off his breakout campaign? Needless to say, there aren't many past models to inform the discussions. 

Still, Dickey seems a good bet to keep it up for the near-term, and the Mets these days can use all the "brand-building" they can get. 

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