It’s the move that everyone around the Mets has been waiting for. Everyone knew it was something the organization needed to do but Mets fans will be the first to say they didn’t know what to expect from this team. They have a history of making unexplainable moves, but if they don’t offer David Wright a contract, it would be the biggest travesty in franchise history.
On Tuesday, Adam Rubin of ESPN reported that the Mets have offered their All-Star third baseman a seven year contract extension that would keep him with the team through 2020. The amount of the deal was not released but it is expected that the extension would be worth over $100 million.
However, Wright quickly responded to the contract rumors when he spoke to MLB Trade Rumors on Tuesday night:
“I have said from Day 1 that I want to play my entire career with the New York Mets. I remain hopeful that goal can be achieved. However, I am disappointed by the reports that I have read today which are inaccurate.”
Not a good start for the Mets who are pretty desperate to keep Wright as their first home grown player to play his entire career with the team.
It would be hard to imagine Wright playing for another team but if for some reason he decides to reject an extension, it would be highly doubtful to see the Mets increase value or years on another deal. The team is still trying to recover from financial problems relating to Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme and are also in the middle of a rebuilding phase.
Because of this, the Mets have to hope that Wright accepts their latest deal (whenever they offer it to him) or they will have to consider the inevitable which would be to trade Wright either before or during the 2013 season.
David Wright might be the only lock to be on the Mets next season, but his future beyond that is even up in the air. This raises many questions as to why the Mets would price their opening day tickets so high. PHOTO COURTESY: MIKE ZARRILLI/GETTY IMAGES
The one thing the Mets cannot afford to do is have the same thing happen with Wright that happened with Jose Reyes. In 2011, the Mets decided to keep Reyes through the end of the season where they knew he would test free agency. When Reyes became eligible to hear offers from other teams, the Mets let him walk to Miami and got nothing in return for one of the best talents in the entire league.
If the Mets have to trade Wright, there is no doubt they could get value for the 30-year old third baseman. Besides the great ability he shows on the field, he is the model teammate who plays the game as hard as anyone else in the league.
Everyone around baseball knows his worth, except for maybe Mets owner Fred Wilpon who last year described Wright as “a really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.” These comments would make it seem that Wilpon will not budge on the offer he has made for Wright.
If that is the case, and Wright decides to reject the offer, his days in Queens will be numbered. The Mets will have to be smart with the handling of Wright’s future because if it becomes clear that Wright will not be in New York for the foreseeable future, they have to get something in return for him.
If they don’t, it will set the franchise back even farther than they already are.
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