As David Wright sits alone atop the Mets All-Time RBI list, the question which now begs to be asked is, what lies between David Wright and him becoming the organization’s first 1,000 RBI man; not to mention the breaker and holder of most of their other offensive records? That answer is very simply, a new contract. No secret there.
Unlike the other positions we have so conveniently filled by plucking raw prospects from the farm, at present, there’s no real, viable third baseman able to step in, as evidenced when David missed time due to his fractured pinkie.
But so far, there is a sense the Mets will be taking a different tact with Wright than they did with Jose Reyes. The notion the Mets really want to retain him is starting to creep into my thinking. The SNY crew is yet to really broach the subject. Where as last season, Reyes consistently remained topic one. Now that the Wilpon’s situation isn’t as dire as it once was, maybe there will be money in the budget to resign him after all, in spite of Sandy Alderson’s theory of economics. So, if no one else is really talking about David Wright’s impending free-agency yet, well then, people like me are more than happy to speculate; even though it’s only late April.
Aren’t the dynamics of impending free-agency confounding? Jose Reyes started the 2011 season like a bat out of hell, and went on to win a batting championship in his walk year. He walked alright – right off the field and out of New York. Now David Wright, coming off a few adversity filled seasons, is presently having a tremendous start to this season as well. While the Jose Reyes issue ultimately got resolved Jose’s way, once again, the Mets are in a bind. And because David was thrust into the role of Face of the Franchise, perhaps his situation is more delicate.
There’s an awful lot of feel-good going on about the Mets in this still young season. Especially on the heels of sweeping the Marlins, and the fans finally having their say regarding Jose Reyes upon his return to Flushing. Inevitably however, as sure as the score in Coors Field is an ever changing dynamic, the months of the calendar must change as well. Then attitudes follow suit. The closer we get to summer, the more pressing matters become. And before you know it, the trade deadline arrives. The last thing Met fans will want to start hearing in June is anything relating to David Wright’s future as a Met. For with every at-bat so far this season, David Wright is weighing the all-important scales of public opinion his way.
But then, accountants don’t much care about such things. Do they…(?)