The New York Mets upped the ante Monday night in their bid to keep National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey in the fold.
They made a new extension offer that would add two years and $20 miilion to the $5 million Dickey is scheduled to earn next season, according to sources. The previous offer was said to be a two-year extension worth $16 million.
The new terms were first reported by Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
The report also said the Mets could still consider trading Dickey, perhaps to the Texas Rangers — with whom the Mets had talked earlier.
Dickey is said to be seeking $31 million total over three years in an extension, according to reports.
The Mets' current offer — three years, $25 million, including this season — is the exact deal the Kansas City Royals gave free-agent right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. And Guthrie, obviously, did not win a Cy Young.