Mets seem serious about keeping Wright
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Mets will open contract negotiations with David Wright and hope to make him a “Met for life.”
The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for star third baseman David Wright, people familiar with the team’s thinking said.
My initial thought was that the Mets were making a lowball offer, but $100 million is a fair place to open. Ryan Zimmerman signed a six-year, $100 million extension in February and Jose Reyes took a six-year, $106 million contract from the Marlins last December. (Unless Wright is ready to offer the Mets a “hometown discount,” I do expect they’ll have to improve on their opening offer if they’re serious about keeping him.)
I guess we’ll find out how interested Wright is in hanging around for the rest of the Mets rebuilding process.
Heyman also reports that the Mets are reluctant to offer R.A. Dickey more than two years. Considering what’s happened with Johan Santana and Dickey’s age, that seems like a reasonable precaution to me. (I know guys like Tim Wakefield continued to pitch effectively well into their 40s, but Dickey is a different kind of pitcher than just about every knuckleballer that came before him. His career is going to continue to follow its own path.)
I won’t fault Dickey if he opts to try for a better deal than the one the Mets end up offering this winter, but I will blame Sandy Alderson if he lets Dickey leave at the end of the 2013 season without making a serious attempt to trade him if the contract negotiations fall through.