I don’t know about other Mets fans, but there is a little voice in the back of my head that keeps telling me not to trust all the information being leaked to the media regarding the David Wright contract negotiations. When I first read it, I thought the Mets were finally making things right with the fans. This was music to the Mets fans’ ears. Now that I have had time to digest it all, I’m starting to think something fishy is going on. The more I reflect on it, the more it’s coming off as nothing more than a well played public relations move.
Seriously, this is almost too good to be true. I’m not saying that the Mets won’t eventually sign David Wright. All I’m saying is that the Mets accomplished what they wanted by getting that information into the media. You have to love that all of the information is coming from “anonymous” sources. The Mets are playing the fiddle, and all the fans immediately went into a trance, and got right back in line behind them.
It’s a classic diversion – smoke and mirrors. All of a sudden, practically out of the clear blue sky, we hear the Mets are making an offer that will allow David Wright to end his career as a Met. Sounds awesome, right? But why would they do that? I’ll tell you why – All the pressure now shifts from the Mets trying to re-sign David, and gets put on David’s shoulders to re-sign with the team. If David walks, the Mets can turn to the fans and say “look, we offered him $100MM…we wanted him to end his career as a Met…he’s the one that walked away.” They don’t want another Reyes situation on their watch. Well played Mr. Alderson. But I’m on to you, and you can’t pull the wool over all the fans’ eyes that easily.
If I were David Wright, I would not be pleased with the way these negotiations have kicked off. Sure, the money being offered sounds nice, but I just got set up to be the bad guy if things don’t go well. Negotiations of this magnitude should remain confidential, and not carry over to the media. When I see negotiations carrying over to the media, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and is a sign that one of the parties is trying to gain the public support. But aside from another dismal season in 2012, why are the Mets lobbying for public support? That makes me think there are ulterior motives. It’s almost like the Mets know this isn’t going to happen, and they’re starting damage control already. There may be something rotten in Flushing.
The Mets got what they wanted by leaking the information. There is some positive interest in the Mets again. There seems to be some excitement surrounding the team. Twitter was blowing up after the $100MM contract news was leaked. Fans seemed to love it. The Mets have quieted the masses…for now. I don’t want to rain on anybody’s parade, but I wouldn’t recommend anyone go out and buy a new David Wright jersey just yet. You wouldn’t want to end up with a throwback jersey. After all, everyone knows how the Mets have handled contract negotiations in the past.
Just for the record, I do hope I am wrong. I hope the Mets sign David Wright so he can end his career as a Met. I hope everything we heard this past week happens exactly as it was reported. I just don’t think it’s going to go as smoothly as it’s being portrayed in the media right now. It’s being portrayed as a done deal – but no matter what gets leaked to the media, it’s not a done deal until David signs on that dotted line. Until that happens, there will be doubts about whether or not this is actually going to get done.
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