David Wright made the decision to stay with the Mets because he values loyalty, he told Kristie Ackert of the Daily News. He believes that Sandy Alderson will do the same and stay with the Mets even though the GM’s name has been mentioned as a possible successor to commissioner Bud Selig.
Wright said it was Alderson who convinced him before the 2013 season that winning with the Mets was possible and it’s why he signed a seven-year, $138 million deal to stay in Flushing.
“I am loyal to Sandy and what he has going on,” Wright said. “I am probably more loyal to the organization, more loyal for what it means to me to wear this uniform, but Sandy was a factor in my desire to re-sign and to help this thing get going in the direction I wanted it to go.”
“Would it have been easier to go somewhere else and maybe win right away? Possibly,” Wright continued, “but would it have been as gratifying or as rewarding? Not nearly for me. Sandy was a big factor in my decision because I trust him and trust what he is trying to accomplish here.”
At this point and given Wright’s defense of Sandy Alderson’s plan, the two of them are both heavily invested in what the front office has been rebuilding and also the better days that are coming.
Incidentally, Ackert also reports that COO Jeff Wilpon indicated he intends to exercise the 2015 option on Alderson’s contract which expires at the end of this year.
I think it’s a no-brainer to pick up Sandy’s option. There were some rumblings about a possible extension deal, but the Mets don’t have to make that decision until the end of 2015 and they should probably see how these next two seasons go.
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