The Mets remain involved in long-term contract discussions with two of their cornerstone players, third baseman David Wright and starter R.A. Dickey, but have yet to approach a deal with either. Still, the team formally exercised their team options on both players for 2013 today, according to a person briefed on the matter.

The decisions were considered a formality as negotiations continue. Wright's option is worth $16 million; Dickey's is worth $5 million.

General manager Sandy Alderson indicated earlier this month that locking both players down past 2013 is his chief concern for this offseason. Since then, the details of negotiations have been hard to discern.

Both the team and Wright's representatives, Seth and Sam Levinson, have kept quiet about the proceedings since the regular season ended. The same can be said for Dickey's agent, Bo McKinnis.