Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal broke the news over the weekend that every Met fan has been waiting to hear. It looks as if New York GM Sandy Alderson is starting to prepare his approach on how to keep David Wright a Met for the rest of his career. Although there have been no public negotiations and Alderson hasn’t made any comments about his desire to offer Wright a long-term deal, it looks as if the front office is going to be much more aggressive to try and keep their third baseman in Flushing than they were with Jose Reyes.
Despite Reyes and Wright being the cornerstones of the franchise over the last decade, there were always stark differences between
the two. Even though Jose continually said that he wanted to stay with the Mets for the long-term, the front office was convinced that he would sign with the team that offered him the most money, which is exactly what he did. In addition to that, he’s been injury prone, and there were times when his desire and will to win were questioned by those around him. With Wright, his love for the Mets, their fans, and his desire to stay put has never been in question.
Since his buddy Ryan Zimmerman got a nice, six-year/$100 million extension from the Nationals over the winter, it sounds as if it will take that kind of money to keep Wright a Met for the rest of his career. There is still plenty of time for negotiations between the Amazins and Wright’s representation since he has a $16 million option for 2013, but Alderson seems steadfast to get a deal done as soon as possible. When asked about David’s status at the trade deadline, the Mets GM made it clear that their franchise player will not be going anywhere:
“I certainly do not foresee, under any circumstances, David being a topic of discussion at the trade deadline.”
People close to Alderson have said that he is not near a decision on his potential extension offer to Wright because he’s still evaluating his long-term value to the team, but it seems as if the front office will attempt to start negotiations as early as this summer. After a couple trying seasons, Wright looks to be back to his All-Star form, leading the National League in batting average (.400) and on-base percentage (.489) and driving in 21 runs for the Mets, who currently sit 2.5 games out of first place in the NL East.
Even though it was tough to lose Jose to free agency last winter, it was OK because we still had David. Alderson knows that he is the foundation of this franchise for the near future, and he plans on keeping him here, because without David, there is no other player for fans to turn to.