The Mets are quietly preparing to offer David Wright a long-term contract extension at some point this year, perhaps as soon as this summer, a baseball official briefed on the Mets' thinking told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal. Three weeks ago, the third baseman told reporters that he has yet to discuss a contract extension with the club.
Wright, 29, is making $15MM this season and has a club option for 2013 worth $16MM. General Manager Sandy Alderson declined to comment on any potential negotiations but did say that Wright would not be on the trading block this year.
"I certainly do not foresee, under any circumstances, David being a topic of discussion at the trade deadline," the GM said.
Even though Wright is off to a blazing start, the club doesn't feel as though there is an rush for them to begin discussing an extension with his representatives. However, the official told Costa that they are likely to do so before next winter because if they cannot reach an agreement, the club would have to consider trading him in the offseason.
While the Mets always believed that Jose Reyes would sign with whichever club offered him the most money, the club believes that they can sign Wright at a discount because of his affinity for playing in New York.