Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says while no new Mets contract is close to happening with David Wright, there’s still said to be some optimism that a deal with their best player will eventually happen.
No trade talks involving Wright are on the horizon, and the Mets will instead continue to talk to Wright and his representatives exclusively. There’s always been a feeling something will get done with Wright, and while talks are taking much longer than expected or predicted, that hasn’t changed.
The same can’t be said for star pitcher R.A. Dickey. While the Mets also aren’t ruling out a new contract for Dickey, they have begun to explore the trade market. There’s some logic to dealing Dickey in that he’s 37, the Mets aren’t likely contenders in 2013 and his value is never going to be higher as a likely Cy Young winner.
Knobler isn’t the only one reporting similar events taking place at the GM Meetings in California, there have been several different reports that the Mets have been actively shopping Dickey and having dialog about him with other teams. On the flip-side, there have been no such reports surrounding Wright. Instead we learned today that Sandy Alderson flew to Virginia to meet personally with Wright to discuss a longterm deal. The Mets GM said that a plan to visit Dickey last month had been scrapped.
Regarding Wright, Alderson remained tight-lipped saying: “Conversations are ongoing. Other than that, I really can’t say much. One of the things that we have done is we have agreed with David’s representatives that there not be a great deal of discussion publicly about where we are. So in deference to that understanding with the other side, I respectfully decline to comment.”
When told there seems to be an urgency now that wasn’t there with Jose Reyes, the Mets GM said: “There’s much more engagement. Let’s put it that way.”
Wallace Mathews of ESPN New York, added even more support to the feeling that Dickey could be gone and that Wright will be signed to a longterm deal. After predicting that Dickey will win the Cy Young Award, Alderson then added: “It would be a little unusual to trade a Cy Young winner, but I can remember a time when we traded for the leading hitter in the National League at the time, so it happens.”
When the season ended, we reported on two leaks from Andy Martino and Mike Puma that said Wright would get an extension very quickly and another that he would be signed before the end of the World Series. Alderson unwittingly admitted to fueling those rumors and added: “Maybe it was a little bit unrealistic on my part to think that we get something done,” he said. “But I think it was important for me to emphasize that we were going to get going early, in order to avoid any speculation about a Jose Reyes-type approach to this. So in that sense it was probably a good idea to emphasize speed but unrealistic to expect that this was all going to be concluded quickly.”
Finally, when asked about how he expected to fill so many needs without adding anything significant via free agency as he asserted earlier, Alderson talked about dealing from the team’s strength; starting pitching. In addition to citing Dickey, he mentioned both Jon Niese and Dillon Gee as well.
So there you have it. There’s a lot to digest here, but my thinking all along has been that David Wright will get a longterm, second-generation contract, the kind that goes against Alderson’s DNA, and that Dickey was definitely a goner. Dickey’s comments last night baffled me. But now I think I see what’s happening here. Dickey may be under the impression that extension talks are progressing, but clearly the front office are on a completely different trajectory.
After digesting all of the events and comments made in the last 24 hours, I’m quite comfortable with what I’ve been speculating all along since the season ended…
1. David Wright will get an extension that combined with his option will total over $140 million dollars through 2020… This goes against Alderson’s grain, but he will give the people what they want.
2. R.A. Dickey will be traded for a package that will include either a starting catcher or a starting center fielder, or both…