The clock is ticking.

Sandy Alderson's top priority remains signing R.A. Dickey and David Wright to long-term extensions, but the Mets general manager admitted the clock is ticking.

"At some point, we need resolution on these discussions to be able to move on," Alderson said. "But that time is not now."

It will be coming soon, though, since Alderson and the Mets need to know how they are going to progress heading into 2013. And they have plenty of work to do.

"It's still very early," Alderson said. "But between Thanksgiving and the winter meetings [Dec. 3-6] — and [during] the winter meetings themselves — we need to have a little more clarity than we have now."

The Mets exercised team options on both players for next season, but with as many needs as the Mets have, they could look to trade Dickey if they are unable to reach an agreement.

Alderson already has discussed the possibility of a trade, though he again expressed hope Dickey would remain a Met.

Any move involving the popular knuckleballer likely would be even more difficult for Mets fan to take after Wednesday, when Dickey became just the third Met to win the Cy Young Award. Alderson, who said he had "assumed" Dickey would win, insisted the award would not play a role in the decision.