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There were rumblings throughout the playoffs that the New York Mets would try to strike quickly and lock David Wright up with a long term deal even before a World Series champ was crowned. Well the Giants are your 2012 World Series champs and the Mets have yet to agree to a contract extension with their All-Star third basemen. Given the magnitude of this pending deal, which Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes could potentially amount to a seven-year/$127 million contract extension, it’s not surprising to see things move slowly.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, even without being able to work out an extension, New York will pick up Wright’s 2013 option and continue to work towards something more in the future:
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The Mets and David Wright are in negotiations on a long-term deal, but assuming no multi-year deal can be completed by Wednesday, the Mets will pick up his $16-million option.
The Mets and Wright are thought to have made a bit of progress in multiyear talks, though negotiations were said to be “slow” by some. Mets ownership wants talks under kept under wraps, so it’s hard to know specifics.
Both sides have expressed hope a deal can be done to make Wright a Met for life. The Mets were said willing to start at about $100 million, it was reported here a few weeks ago. However, they see crosstown third baseman Alex Rodriguez as well as others as cautionary tales about contracts taking players into their late 30s and even 40s.
The Mets originally had hopes to make Wright’s option date as a soft deadline of sorts for a multi-year deal, but it is believed the sides will keep talking after the option is exercised. The deadline to pick up Wright’s $16-million option was for three days after the World Series, which is Wednesday.”
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This is a no-brainer for the Mets because, as Heyman points out, “The other option would be to buy him out for $1 million, and that was never a consideration.” The question is, will time be on the Mets side? They new this day was coming, they’ve known it for quite some time, yet nothing has gotten done and negotiations are described as ‘slow’. That worries me. What is going to change between now and the start of the season? Both sides know what they want and have known for some time and it’s not like Wright isn’t the teams’ #1 priority.
I said last year I thought the Mets front office would let Jose Reyes walk and I’m not optimistic they will pony up to make David Wright a Met for life. People can point to the fact that the Mets need a face for their franchise and suggest that attendance will suffer without #5 on the field for New York beyond 2013, but the fact is that Sandy Alderson knows that winning is what puts fans in the seats. If he and the rest of the Metsecutives feel the best way to formulate a team that will have a consistent chance to win next year and beyond is by trading Wright, then that’s exactly what he will do. Alderson may answer to his fans when it comes to radio interviews and bloggers conference calls, but he’s shown no sign that fanfare will influence him when it comes to making long term plans for this ball club. I guess that’s a good thing, I mean the inmates should never run the asylum, I just hope Sandy’s plan does in fact include David Wright and R.A. Dickey.
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A day after the New York Mets exercised David Wright’s $16 million option for 2013, the rumors of movement towards a long term extension are already picking up. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:
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Now that the Mets have exercised David Wright’s 2013 club option, the team and its signature player plan to intensify negotiations, discussing...
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Mets and David Wright are in negotiations on a long-term deal, but assuming no multi-year deal can be completed by Wednesday, the Mets will pick up his $16-million option.
The Mets and Wright are thought to have made a bit of progress in multiyear talks, though negotiations were said to be “slow” by some. Mets ownership...
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With the Giants victory, does this affect negotiations between the Mets and David Wright? A question like that might seem unrelated, but it really isn't.
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According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets plan to begin to intensify talks with their star third baseman David Wright this week.
Now that the Mets have exercised David Wright’s 2013 club option, the team and its signature player plan to intensify negotiations, discussing years and dollars as soon as this week, according to a person briefed on the process.
At seasons end Dickey called he and Wright a “package deal”. He is right, they should be.
Obviously I am not David Wright, but if I were I would wait until I saw some improvements to the current ballclub before signing any extension Lately we have been hearing about the Mets quest to make David a “Met for life”. David may have grown up a Mets fan, but that does not mean...
David Wright experienced a resurgence of sorts in 2012. After four straight outstanding offense seasons, Wright’s offensive production dipped significantly in 2009 — from a 141 wRC+ to 125. In 2011, Wright’s wRC+ declined all the way to 116.
But this year, the old David Wright reappeared and the 29-year-old third basemen posted a 140 wRC+. The Mets, encouraged by Wright’s...
ESPN’s Jim Bowden presented five potential trades for David Wright if the Mets are unable to work out an extension, stating that the negotiations so far have been “slow and grinding.”
Hold up for a minute.
Let’s all be a little bit more patient with all this. The World Series ended less than four days ago.
Of course, there’s also a sense of urgency when negotiating with...
Updated 10/30 7:00 PM
It’s official. The Mets have announced that they have exercised the 2013 options for David Wright ($16MM) and R.A. Dickey ($5MM).
The Mets had until tomorrow to execute their option on Wright and until Friday to execute their option on Dickey.
Updated 10/30 2:00 PM
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Mets and David Wright are in negotiations on a long...
Perhaps now that the World Series is over, we’ll get some hard news coming from Mets land. The only thing that has happened semi-recently has been the announcement that Terry Collins and all of his coaches will return next year. While this news was met by the fan base with the mixture of yawns and disappointment that no one will pay for the second-half collapse, I would like...
The New York Mets have picked up the contract options for All-Stars David Wright and R.A. Dickey.
The Mets said Wednesday they were not planning to make an official announcement of the moves that were really just a formality. General manager Sandy Alderson has said signing the two players to long-term deals is his top priority this offseason.
Wright, the Mets' third baseman...
The New York Mets picked up their 2013 contract options on third baseman David Wright and right-hander R.A. Dickey, Fox Sports reported. The moves were widely expected, and the team likely will continue to negotiate with the two key players in an attempt to keep them beyond next season. Wright, 29, will make $16 million in 2013, while Dickey, 38, will earn $5 million. Both would...
The New York Mets have formally exercised their 2013 contract options on David Wright and R.A. Dickey, major league sources told FOXSports.com on Tuesday.
Wright's option is worth $16 million. Dickey's will be $5 million or more based on award bonuses. Wright and Dickey are the Mets' top position player and pitcher, respectively, and sources say the team remains engaged...
New York Baseball Talk returns with my first Hot Stove Report of the offseason.
Howard Megdal of the LoHud Mets Blog talks about the prospects of the team’s offseason. We discuss how the team fared against my “three benchmarks” this past season, the possibility of David Wright and R.A. Dickey signing long-term extensions and what potential free agents could fit in Sandy Alderson’s...