As the third day of the winter meetings wound down, R.A. Dickey and the Mets found themselves at a stalemate in contract negotiations, with a substantial gap in dollars on proposals for a two-year contract, according to people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

Despite the stall in talks, the Mets are far from ruling out an eventual deal with the Cy Young Award winner on a contract extension; in fact, according to one high-ranking team source, "Sandy (Alderson) wants to sign him."

Meanwhile, Mets insiders said that, while the team was dissatisfied with many trade proposals from other clubs, it was sitting on at least one acceptable deal.

As the Daily News has been reporting, Dickey has been asking for a two-year extension of about $13 million per season (plus the pre-existing $5 million club option for 2013), and the Mets' current offer is well below that. While the Mets will likely raise their offer somewhat, they will not meet Dickey's initial price of two years, $26 million.

At Wednesday's news conference at the Opryland Hotel to announce David Wright's eight-year contract extension, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon reiterated earlier comments that the Mets were willing to allow Dickey to simply play out next season on the pre-existing $5 million club option, and become a free agent.

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