There have been many back and forth reports regarding David Wright’s contract negotiations with the Mets. Some say a deal is imminent and will come sooner rather than later. Others are already discussing potential trade partners and what the Mets would return in a deal for Wright. Here is a breakdown of what’s going on with the beat.
Yesterday morning, Andy Martino of the Daily News reported that now that Wright’s 2013 option for $16 million was picked up, the team planned to intensify negotiations. According to Martino’s source the team and Wright could discuss dollars and years as soon as “this week.”
In Jim Bowden’s article on ESPN Insider GM’s Office, he called Wright’s long-term future with the Mets “hardly guaranteed.” He cites the fact that negotiations have been slow and grinding. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the Mets have said publicly they will not negotiate with Wright through the media. Bowden called the Mets approach to resigning Wright “cavalier” and similar to the way they handled the Jose Reyes negotiation last off-season. Let’s not forget the World Series ended in the shortest time possible with a four-game sweep which cut down the window of negotiating time to strike a new deal before Wright’s option needed to be exercise – which some called a “soft deadline.” Bowden goes on to discuss where Wright could land and what he would return; those teams included the Red Sox, Angels, Diamondbacks, Royals, and Rangers.
The morning Mike Puma of the New York Post said that all of the other Mets off-season plans (free-agents and trades) are on hold until the Wright situation is resolved. A club source told Puma that the team hasn’t “talked about anything” in regards to their needs in the bullpen, at catcher, and in the outfield. A source close to the negotiations said Wright is looking for contract in the range of seven years, $ 125 million. That, combined with his $16 million option for 2013, would make him the highest paid Mets player in history. If Wright does in fact sign, it could be the first domino to fall in what could be a successful off-season for Sandy Alderson and company.