If the current stalemate between R.A. Dickey and the Mets leads to divorce, the Texas Rangers are one of the strongest candidates to trade for the Cy Young Award winner. Toronto, Baltimore and the Dodgers are also real possibilities, according to major league executives with direct knowledge of the process; the Yankees, who have also shown interest, are not.

In an extremely fluid situation, the Mets were said to like Toronto catching prospect Travis D'Arnaud and Texas third baseman Mike Olt as major pieces in potential deals.

The Mets met on Monday with Toronto brass, but talks stalled and appeared dead. Then, Sandy Alderson and Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos resumed discussions on Wednesday, although they still had no deal.

"Alex would rather move (catcher J.P.) Arencibia than D'Arnaud, but that could change," said a person briefed on Toronto's thinking.

Another major league executive said that Texas would be willing to part with Olt in the right deal, especially if the Rangers are unable to sign free agent starter Zack Greinke.

As for Baltimore, a league source said that they liked Dickey, but were not close to finding a match in a trade. All through the week, the rival executives maintained that the Mets' asking price for Dickey was extremely high.

"It should be," said one Mets person. "He won the Cy Young."

Kansas City, which balked earlier this week at the notion of trading top outfield prospect Wil Myers for the Met, left the meetings "definitely not in on Dickey," according to a National League executive briefed on the situation.

Additionally, a Mets source told the Daily News on Thursday that the Yankees and Nationals were early suitors for Dickey at the winter meetings.

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