Jeff Wilpon has not given up on the idea of keeping R.A. Dickey and David Wright in Queens long-term. The Mets COO admitted the team is considering moving Dickey, who is a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award tonight, but he added that is not the organization's first choice. "[It's] to go through the process with Sandy [Alderson, general manager] and the baseball department and try to get both of them signed," Wilpon said Tuesday. "That's what we're doing. That doesn't mean Sandy's not exploring other things, which is just a backup at this point. He should be doing that. ... We're moving forward as much as we can." Dickey has said he wants to stay with the Mets, who exercised his $5 million option for 2013. But a 20-win season has made the knuckleballer a reasonably priced trade chip, and the Mets have many glaring holes to fill. The 38-year-old has not determined how much longer he wants to pitch, and though knuckleballers are known for longevity, it is unlikely he has too many more elite seasons left. Wilpon said he is confident the Mets will make the right move. "I think we can multi-task with the amount of brains we have in the front office,'' Wilpon said of the decision-making process. "I think we're good." * Johan Santana said he feels good after being shut down with lower back inflammation in August. "I'm just working out and getting back into shape and hoping I'm ready for spring training," Santana said. "Everything's been fine. I feel really good." The left-hander has not begun an offseason throwing program yet, but added his surgically repaired shoulder is fine. Wilpon and Santana were in Coney Island at Our Lady of Solace, handing out lunches to people affected by Hurricane Sandy, which hit the area hard and is being serviced by FEMA.
Jeff optimistic on R.A., Wright
New York Post | Nov 14