PORT ST. LUCIE - In his first year as general manager of the Mets , Sandy Alderson had to wrestle with the prospect of trading two of the team's most potent offensive threats: Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran.
He is going to face a similar situation this season with David Wright, who has a $16 million team option for next year, but Alderson shied away from drawing any conclusions from what he did last season.
"I think that his future is independent of club performance," Alderson said of Wright at the Mets' spring-training complex yesterday. "There are certain decisions that one takes that are a function of where a team is at a particular time and so forth, but if there's anybody on the team whose performance and future is independent of the club's performance, I think it's David's."
That sounds a lot like what Alderson said during the first half of 2011 about Reyes. After an MVP-caliber start to the season, the Mets opted to hang on to the shortstop before losing him in free agency ...