Mets Intend To Offer Wright Extension During Season

WEDNESDAY: Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon spoke to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin and backed up Alderson's statement, though he didn't make it sound like getting a contract worked out with Wright is an urgent matter.

"As Sandy said I think last night, [Wright is] under contract this year," said Wilpon. "We have an option for next year. There's no gun to anybody's head. So let it just play out. And at the right time Sandy and I will discuss it and it'll move on."

TUESDAY: Earlier this month we heard that the Mets were likely to offer David Wright a long-term contract, and today GM Sandy Alderson confirmed to Jon Heyman of that an offer will be made during the season. He would not disclose the size of the offer or when the superstar third baseman could expect it.

"I would expect sometime before the season's over, we will have a conversation," said Alderson. "I'm hopeful he'll be here a long time."

Wright, 29, is making $15MM this season and has a club option for 2013 worth $16MM. He came into the day hitting .373/.474/.578 with five homers and more walks (32) than strikeouts (29). Ryan Zimmerman's six-year, $100MM extension with the Nationals seems like just a starting point for a new Wright deal given his superior performance record and durability.

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  1. John_Ginder 3 years ago

    Lets not “Intend” on doing it.  Lets just do it.

  2. Maybe he should wait til the end of the season.  Braves will be looking for a 3rd baseman and should have a little dough.  If anything it will drive the Mets price up.

    • lefty177 3 years ago

      Except the Mets have an option for him which they’ll undoubtedly pick up if they don’t lock him up before then

  3. I can say with confidence that David Wright is back to being a top 10 hitter in the league. He looks terrific. Go ahead and overpay him. 

  4. Metsfan199 3 years ago

    I’m a big Wright fan, but does it really make sense to pay him tons of money for 5 or 6 years?  Will it really benefit the Mets in the long run?  I’m not sure . . .

    • HobokenMetsFan 3 years ago

      I’m also on the fence in regards to Wright and a contract. On one hand, a Mets lifer is pretty rare (only the original #7 says hello I believe), and his veteran leadership is a good thing (not to mention his production) on a young and inexperienced team.

      On the other, I’d like to see him rebound, build up trade value, and then be unloaded for prospects to help us fill the holes the team has (C, 2B, 1B?, SP, etc etc). Wright is great and as a Mets fan I love him, but its been an exhausting 10 years and I want the Mets to do whats best for the longevity of the team, personal fan attachments aside.

      • Metsfan199 3 years ago

         Exactly, you hit the nail on the head, both pros and cons.

  5. nhjim1 3 years ago

    Just get it done!  The Mets MUST re-sign David Wright!!

  6. AmericanMovieFan 3 years ago

    5 years/$100MM on top of the $16MM option should be appropriate.

  7. FarmerErnie 3 years ago

    Get it done. Wright means as much to Mets as any player/team pairing out there.

  8. Matt_P102 3 years ago

    I don’t know, Zimm is two years younger than Wright which means his deal starts when he’s 28 and ends when he’s 34(really 35 because his birthday is in September). His deal gets all the years in his prime. Wright is under contract until 2014 which means it wouldn’t start till he’s 31. If he got 5 years, it would end when he’s 36. You wouldn’t be paying for his prime years but rather his declining years.

    Unless this Mets team thinks they’re close, Wright honestly doesn’t make sense and they do need to cut down payroll. I wouldn’t offer more than 6 and 100 if I’m the Mets. I think 5/85 in addition to the one year that already exists is what I’d offer. If he says no, it makes more sense to trade him anyway.

  9. chemistrymaker 3 years ago

    I would not only pay him his worth+but that C-letter on his uniform would intoduce the mets into the contention that we’ve all been waiting for,moreover the situation wold greatly improve the teams chemistry, Aldersen dont just be a title be a great title.

    • guydavis 3 years ago

       You think the letter C on Wright’s uniform would put the Mets in to contention? Are you mad?

    • TophersReds 3 years ago

      Something tells me that a ‘C’ means absolutely nothing when it comes to wins and losses. Then again, your name is ‘chemistrymaker’, so you must put a lot of thought into that stuff (lol).

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  10. Jeffy25 3 years ago

    Zimmerman and beltre are both better deals to have made than to wright, especially based on two months time.

    Give it time, look to negotiate after this season is over, you have more information, and you need to remember the state of the Mets, and how old he is going to be. 5/85 if he puts up a 6-7 WAR season this year. If he levels out and finishes in the 4-5 WAR range, hen maybe 4/70. But I wouldn’t give him 100 million at his age, no way. You never give a player over 30 100 million ever, unless you are paying for his name (which is borderline lunacy in the first place and not how you run a baseball team).

    It’s amazing how quickly fans forget the last three years and react to two months.

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      Pretty sure 5/85 isn’t going to do it.  Sometimes you just have to “overpay” or otherwise you’re stuck with scrubs at positions where you previously had All-Star caliber players.

      Wright was an elite 3B from 2005-2008. In 2009-2010 he was still very good with a 3.6 and 4.0 WAR respectively.

      With the way he’s playing this year, would it really be a stretch to consider 2011 the outlier?

      But hey, if the Mets want to sink well into the pit of mediocrity, the Dodgers would gladly take Wright off their hands.

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      You’re absolutely right. David Wright is a solid player, but he’s no superstar. While the Mets should sign him to a fair contract, they need not go crazy, especially at this point in time. While they could do the politically correct thing and go for the extension, they’re not bound to it.
      I’m fairly certain that he is not going to offer any type of Home Team discount, so there’s no reason to get any extension done this year. Let’s see where the dust settles at the end of the season. After the Mets pick up his option next year, he still gets a raise.
      We should recognize that the only reason that Wright is the Mets best player at the moment is because they traded Beltran and let Reyes leave last year. Everyone needs to see things in their proper perspective.

  11. Matt_P102 3 years ago

    I don’t know if he’ll accept it or not. I still wouldn’t sign him unless I got a discount.

    Beltre got 5 and 80 when he signed an extension. He was just about Wrights age when he signed it. Admittingly, Beltre got hosed because he played in Seattle for a few years, but Beltre is the better player.

    He may get 5 and 100 from someone…. but they’ll regret it.

  12. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Admittedly Beltre is the better player, both with the glove and the bat, but he is also helped out a LOT from playing at Arlington stadium, just like he was from playing at fenway. Example? Look how awful he performed when he was at Seattle those seasons ( 2005-9) in a stadium that plays up for power sort of like Citi field?

    One has to wonder how much better Wright’s numbers would look if he would just pick up anchor and sail to some better port of call.

  13. johnsilver 3 years ago

     Beltre is a lot better, even defensively as Beltre has probably the best arm at the hot corner seen in decades and the range is about equal.

    The one thin Wright has the advantage at is pitch selection, as he will take a walk, though Beltre (through the years) has gotten much better at fighting off pitches and learning not to strike out on pitches in the dirt, though he will swing at many.

    Am going to call him the finest overall 3b currently playing the last 2 seasons for sure and one of (if not the) while with the LAD.

  14. Matt_P102 3 years ago

    Beltre usually had large home/road splits when in Seattle. Wright not so much. 

    I do think they’re close enough in talent to be at least comparables. I also think that with the exception of the past two months, Wright hasn’t had an excellent offensive season in the last three years. He had excellent offensive seasons from 2005-2008.

    Look, if a team signs him for 18 million per year instead of 16 million per year like I think sounds right, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal in the long run. I just don’t see how it makes sense to sign a guy out of his prime to a long-term contract unless you think you can compete.

    I thought the Mets wanted to rebuild and save money, no?

  15. HundleytheLFer 3 years ago

     Beltre is the  much better defensive player.  But he has not been a better hitter than Wright over the course of their careers.  In ’10-’11 he was for sure, but he has an OPS of .799 for his career and a 110 OPS+, and only 4 out of 15 seasons where he posted a OPS above .850.  Wright on the other hand has a career OPS of .893, OPS+ of 136 and 7 of 9 years of posting an .850 OPS.

  16. Matt_P102 3 years ago

    I’d stick with Longoria as the best overall 3B myself, but could respect Beltre as an option. Thing is, you can’t use him as a comp because he hasn’t signed a long-term deal.

    Fair enough What, you think Wright is better than Beltre. Do you think it’s close? Are you really going to argue that Wright is enough better than Beltre to deserve an extra 5 million per year?

  17. johnsilver 3 years ago

     Wasn’t going with contract values, just the better players ATM. Better value? Easy choice.. Longoria.. Best current 3b? Beltre.

    Not saying Wright is bad or anything at all, he is one of the better ones in the game at a position the game is currently weak at overall and could probably get close to what Beltre did via FA.. Maybe even put up some numbers close to what he once did in a more friendly offensive park.

    Look at Beltre for proof to what can happen when a guy who is at/near the age 30 season and once put up tremendous numbers gets out of an abysmal offensive stadium.. They can resurrect that career in a heartbeat.

  18. HundleytheLFer 3 years ago

     No, they never said they were going to do a full rebuild. (That hardly ever works).  They don’t want to throw around money like crazy, but the Madoff situation has cleared so they do have some money and keeping a guy who has had success for your team, has been one of the better hitters in franchise history, and isn’t exactly old makes sense.  They have some pitching prospects who should be ready in the next yr or so, and the hitters like Davis, Duda they are hoping to get something out of are in their mid-20s…so I don’t think they were on some 5 year plan or something like that. 

  19. Matt_P102 3 years ago

    He’s not so young either. The Mets don’t have so many pieces they can trade as part of a rebuild. Who else is there besides Santana(if he can stay healthy), Dickey and Wright? 

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