All through the winter meetings last week, rivals said that the Mets' asking price for R.A. Dickey was extremely high — and the Mets' general response was: "Yeah, no kidding. He just won the Cy Young Award."

Now, further specifics have emerged, coloring in that characterization with names. According to two people with direct knowledge of the discussions, the Mets made clear to the Texas Rangers that if Texas wanted Dickey, it would need to part with more than just highly regarded prospect Mike Olt, according to those sources.

The Mets came away from talks believing that Texas was willing to trade Olt for Dickey, but the sides did not agree to a deal, indicating that New York's price was too high for Texas' liking.

"We're not bluffing when we say we'll keep him," said one Mets insider. "We need the right package."

Meanwhile, there has been modest progress since the end of the winter meetings in talks between the Mets and Dickey's agent about a contract extension, according to people familiar with that process. The sides remain far apart on dollars on a two-year deal, which would begin after Dickey is paid $5 million in 2013, but contact has been reestablished in what late last week was a stalemate situation.