According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, the Mets are quietly preparing to offer third baseman David Wright a long-term contract extension.
Costa spoke to someone with knowledge of the situation who told him the Mets could get an offer ready as soon as this summer.
As you may know already, the Mets hold a $16 million option on Wright for 2013, so technically there’s no real rush by the Mets to get something done. But the impact of getting a deal done with Wright who is the face of their franchise, would be a huge public relations bonanza and further evidence that the financial problems that has hung over this team are a thing of the past.
That said, if the Mets cannot come to terms with Wright by then, the official indicated the Mets would have to consider trading Wright during the off-season after they pick up his option.
Meanwhile, Costa says while Sandy Alderson has confirmed that the team is unlikely to deal Wright before the trade deadline this season.
“I certainly do not foresee, under any circumstances, David being a topic of discussion at the trade deadline,” Alderson told Costa.
The Mets have already lost one homegrown star in Jose Reyes and I can’t envision them losing another in Wright, especially with the team exceeding expectations and Wright playing a big part in the resurgence. For those who have maintained that Wright couldn’t carry a team, he has certainly dispelled those notions so far this season.
There have been no shortage of opinions on the subject of Wright this season. The rampant reports that trading Wright was a slam dunk due to financial wherewithal have been widely exaggerated. Again.
If the Mets do trade Wright, it will because another team blows them away with an offer they couldn’t refuse and not because the coffers are empty.
That said, I don’t see any team willing to overpay the Mets just to pry Wright away.
The Mets third baseman simply means a lot more to this organization than his exploits on the field. Wright has been a loyal soldier and his clean cut image makes him the perfect team ambassador.