Despite having the cost-cutting Sandy Alderson installed as general manager, the New York Mets are apparently willing to open the checkbook to keep their biggest star on the team. The Mets are currently in the process of trying to lock up third baseman David Wright, and have now submitted a formal offer of an extension to him.
Earlier in the offseason, the Mets picked up Wright’s $16 million option for 2013 but they want him in place for much longer. The issue is that Wright and his agent are looking for a contract in the neighborhood of Johan Santana’s club-record six-year, $137.5 million deal. That’s going to be a tough, expensive pill to swallow for the cash-strapped Mets.
The Mets want to lock up both Wright and starter R.A. Dickey to extensions, but as of now, Wright appears to be the more likely to get done. Dickey is under contract for next season at a cost of $5 million, but after a Cy Young Award-worthy campaign, he could easily make more.
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