Originally written on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 5/14/12
Third baseman David Wright's future with the Mets has been subject for debate lately, and even though they still have one more year before they have to decide whether to keep him, Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reports that the “team is quietly preparing to offer” him a long-term deal as soon as this season. This makes a lot of sense, because as Costa points out, if they can't reach an agreement with Wright before next winter, they'll probably have to consider trading him during that time. Back in April we discussed the possibility of Wright staying in New York. I said that the team should let Wright play the season and determine whether he'd prove value to the team or not, beyond being the face of the franchise. So far, Wright is making a hell of a case for himself batting .400/.489/.591 with 4 HR's, 21 RBI's and a 204 OPS+, so no wonder why the Mets have decided to prepare an offer to him. The problem for the Mets right now is that Wright's leverage is really high, given his numbers, and a new deal for the third baseman could be pricey for them. But if they can't reach an agreement with him, and he keeps playing the way he's been playing, the asking price for Wright in a potential trade would be really high too. Image by Keith Allison under the Creative Commons License Agreement.
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