If he stays on this pace, he will have over 20 wins and around 200 strikeouts, yet some may not think he should get an extension. He will; its just a matter of when. Perhaps 5 years is too many at this stage given his age, but he has earned at least a three year deal with a substantial raise from what he is due to make in 2013. I propose a 3 year, $24 million extension with an option for 2016. This would void the 2013 team option and pay him am even $8 million a year. The 2016 option would also be for $8 million and include a $1 million buyout, making the total guaranteed $25 million. They would only be adding $3 million to the 2013 payroll and adding 2 years after that.
Some Mets fans hate seeing Mets players get paid. Its time to get over it. This dream that some have that the Mets payroll will drop to $50 million (even $80 million) at any point is rediculous. It will not happen. Whether its David Wright or a free agent signing or a current player signing an extension, the New York Mets payroll will at least hang around the $90-$100 million area. And there is a chance it may go above that, depending on what moves are made.
As far as Dickey goes, he has shown that he has discovered himself as a knuckeball pitcher. What he has done, to this point, has been revolutionary. I close with this: The New York Mets will sign a pitcher to a contract similar to what I propose they extend Dickey for. Would you rather see that money go to Dickey, one who has established himself as a starting pitcher for the Mets? Or would you rather see that money go to Shawn Marcum or a Kyle Lohse or a Jorge De La Rosa? The answer to me is easy.