Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 5/29/12
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed to Jon Heyman of CBSSportsline.com,that the Mets plan to offer David Wright a contract extension during the season. “I would expect sometime before the season’s over, we will have a conversation,” Alderson told Heyman. “I’m hopeful he’ll be here a long time.” According to Heyman: By making an offer in season, it gives the Mets time to consider trades during the winter should the sides not come to an agreement. Wright has not in any way suggested publicly that he’d like the Mets to take care of him financially, and to the contrary, has gone out of his way to make it a non-issue. But people around the team believe he likes being a Met and will be receptive to an offer. Despite Wilpon’s out-of-character comment last year, Wright had an excellent replationship with team higherups. …While the Mets didn’t strongly pursue their other home-grown star Jose Reyes last winter, there are several differences between this situation and that one. The biggest one is that the Madoff situation has been resolved favorably, meaning the Mets-owning Wilpons have no immediate threat to their ability to own the franchise, or presumably operate like a big-market team. This deal, should they complete it, should top Ryan Zimmerman’s $100-million, six-year extension with the Nats completed this spring. Wright’s offensive numbers are slightly better than Zimmerman’s, suggesting $100 million is the floor to any realistic deal. Wright makes $15 million this season, and the Mets have an option for $16 million next year that they plan to pick up.” For Mets fans — or at least this Mets fan — this is extremely good news.  Wright has been the face of the franchise for so long that it would not only seem weird, it would just be wrong to see him in another uniform.  One of the many reasons why the Mets should work out a contract with Wright is to finally have a home grown — fan favorite — play his entire career with the club. And, of course, he’s pretty awesome at baseball. #extendtheman
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