The Mets hope David Wright's play will justify a multiyear contract that will keep him in place as the franchise's biggest star, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. The team hasn't started discussing an extension with Wright, who's currently sidelined with a fractured finger.
The Mets have more confidence in Wright as a long-term investment than they did in Jose Reyes, but they want to be sure the third baseman isn't becoming injury-prone. GM Sandy Alderson and other front office executives haven't seen Wright play enough to determine whether he remains an elite player, according to Martino. However, the front office is cautiously optimistic that he'll earn a new contract. The Mets control his rights through 2013 with a $16MM club option.