While it was nice for the Mets to actually score some runs and play spoiler on Friday night by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3, the Mets are once again headed towards a losing season defined by another stumble to end the season. The Mets are now 4-8 in September.
Aside from R.A. Dickey approaching 20 wins and possibly capturing the Cy Young award, Mets’ fans are being deprived of any positive news to rally around.
However, one such move that could soothe the savage beast known as the ornery Mets’ fan is to finally lock up David Wright long-term this month and finally put this story to bed. David Wright’s contract issue could quickly balloon into a media firestorm if he does not re-sign with the Mets sometime soon. And what better time than the present to sign your franchise third baseman?
I know they are some drawbacks to earmarking a boatload of money towards one player, but in this instance signing Wright is the one time it makes sense. This is the face of the franchise and everything you want in a ballplayer. He is the Mets’ version of Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter. Just look where Wright ranks in the Mets’ major statistical category lists to see how important he has been for this club.
If the Mets sign Wright to a sizeable extension it would show goodwill to the fans and signify that they have plans of building a winning team in Queens and not necessarily a rebuilding one. While it made good business sense to not extend an offer to Jose Reyes, who relies mostly on his injury-prone legs, Wright is a whole different story.
What Wright does on the field and off the field is worth the contract he is asking for. For a financially strapped franchise, I get the point of trying to limit the doling out of big contracts. But after you lock up Wright and hopefully Dickey, you won’t have to put too much into the payroll in the coming years since the Mets have a lot of young, under-control players. And since Jason Bay and Johan Santana’s contracts are about to come off the books soon, the money could be put to good use in locking up Wright.
While the Mets will certainly pick up Wright’s 2013 option for $16 million, they can do themselves and their fans a favor by re-signing Wright before the season is over. Why would the Mets want to have this hang over them for all of next year? Remember how bad it was when Reyes was going through the same issue? It would only serve as a distraction. Create a buzz and go into the 2013 season knowing Wright will be around for the long haul.
While I get that trading Wright while his trade value at its highest point is something that could net the Mets a handsome reward on the trade market, the Mets are in no position to alienate their fanbase anymore after what has transpired the last couple of seasons. Wright simply means too much to the fans.
Goodwill and results is what the Mets need. And it all begins and ends with Wright.
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