For months, R.A. Dickey has heard the faint murmur of trade rumors, a gentle hum surrounding him as he stormed through the best season of his career.

In this offseason, as his contract negotiations with the Mets have stalled and the trade talk has escalated to a roar, he appears to have made peace with the possibility of leaving the franchise that allowed him the opportunity to resurrect his career.

As Dickey spent Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan, preparing for an appearance on "The Daily Show" that night, he communicated this much to his agent, Bo McKinnis, who was at the second day of the Winter Meetings: Dickey wants to remain a Met. But he understands how a trade might upgrade the roster.

"If being part of the solution is being traded," Dickey said, as McKinnis recalled Tuesday, "then I'm prepared for that."

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted Tuesday his preference was to retain Dickey.

But a trade remains a viable option, one many at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel see as a fait accompli.

Alderson disagreed with that notion, and held out the hope that there will be "some compromise."