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Friday, November 30, 2012
And now R.A. is on the clock ...

By Adam Rubin

The winter meetings are in Nashville beginning Sunday. And that happens to be the hometown of R.A. Dickey as well as his agent -- meaning the "crock pot," to use Dickey's term, should be turned up to a high level of heat toward consummating a deal.

With David Wright's deal now a physical from being official, the focus will shift to locking up Dickey. And those aware of the Mets' plans feel confident a deal will be reached.

In fact, a major league source said Dickey would be content with a two-year extension on top of the existing $5 million owed in 2013. So while the sides will negotiate the annual salary, the length should not pose much of an obstacle.

Also, a source familiar with the Mets' plans said this week that the Mets are unlikely to trade a starting pitcher unless they are bowled over by a trade proposal, perhaps by a suitor that loses out in the bidding for free agent Zack Greinke.