David Wright believes that the Mets will be substantially better in 2014 than they were last season when they finished in third place with a 74-88 record. Wright says he loves the moves that Sandy Alderson has made so far and suspects he still isn’t finished filling his offseason shopping list.
“I’m sure Sandy is still trying to make the team better. In what capacity I’m not sure,” Wright said. “But I do think when we take the field Opening Day this year we will substantially be better than when we took the field last year. I’m not sure how many wins that correlates into. Only going out there and playing the game will tell. But there’s no question in my mind that I love the moves we’ve made.”
Wright touched on the $138 million he signed a year ago.
“If I wanted to try to make every single last dollar that I could, there’s a good chance I probably wouldn’t be with this organization,” Wright said. “And that’s not what I wanted. I wanted to get what I thought was a fair deal to me, a fair deal for the team. Hopefully both sides felt comfortable with it. Just me, I feel very comfortable with it and I feel very grateful for the contract I got.”
He also spoke about the current Mets payroll which is sitting at around $85 million right now, and if it’s playing a role in not pursuing players like Stephen Drew more aggressively.
“As far as I’m concerned, and I’m sure a lot of fans think the same way, you want to go out there and sign everybody, because it’s not our money,” Wright said. “But when you have a budget, when you have a general manager that is as meticulous as Sandy is as far as evaluating players — setting a price tag on a player and saying, ‘Hey, this is our ceiling’ — then you can’t go with what you think is overspending. That’s how you don’t gain that payroll flexibility.
“And I’m not saying there’s a right way or a wrong way. I’m just saying that I think that’s Sandy’s thought process. Once you set that ceiling, you have to let him walk, or where do you draw the line on other players? I experienced that negotiating with Sandy.”