A lot has been written about David Wright and the New York Mets this year. I, for one, have written various versions of the same thing I’m going to write here, and I’m going to keep on writing it until it either comes true or events develop that result in a different ending. In my world, this is what’s going to happen.
(Note – people keep asking me “do I know David Wright”. The answer is, yes, we have met a number of times. I’ve interviewed him twice. We don’t have a relationship past that, but I believe if we passed in the hall, he would recognize me, and say “hey Mack”. Have we ever talked about this? No. In fact, the only thing we ever talked about was the passing of an ex-teammate of his and the size of Bobby Bonilla, who had just entered the clubhouse. I was the lowest of beat reporters allowed in the clubhouse and I knew my place. Wright was not part of my world and I respected that.)
Everybody keeps writing that Sandy Alderson has one of three options here:
1. Extend Wright during the 2012-2013 offseason.
2. Trade Wright during the 2012-2013 offseason if he refuses to sign.
3. Trade Wright during the season.
It is my belief, after talking to people, discussing this with my contacts, (as others put it) making things up, and (as Warner Wolf used to say) going to the video tape, only two or three are achievable.
Wright is not going to re-sign with the New York Mets. I’ve been writing this for close to six months now and even Adam Rubin either is reading me or getting the same chatter because he’s saying the same thing.
Wright doesn’t want to be a Met anymore. And his reasons are pretty simple. He does not want to end his career with a paycheck signed by Fred Wilpon.
Wright will tell the people who put microphones or tape recorders in front of his lips that he wants to play for a ‘winner’. He’s even gone as far last month as saying ‘and, there’s not been that much of that around here’, but that’s all you’re going to hear from Wright during this season, in the off-season and during next season. If anything, Wright is loyal to the uniform and that’s all you’re getting.
But loyalty to the front office stopped dead in its tracts May 2011 when Jeffrey Toobin of New Yorker Magazine printed an article called “Madoff’s Curveball”. In it Wilpon said about Wright: “A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
Every wheel stopped with that statement.
I can’t prove what I’m about to say. I have three sources regarding it, but I’ve been away from the Mets fire lines the past few months. Still, I feel comfortable in say this:
David Wright has not shared a single word with Fred Wilpon since that article in The New Yorker.
Oh, they’ve talked about each other. They might have shared a text. Wright gave a generic comment about the story and there might be an email or two, but Wright has chosen to no longer have Wilpon in his life.
At the same time, he has seen from afar (i.e. Carlos Beltran) that there is good baseball past being a New York Met.
He continues to tow the company line, especially the one when every beat reporter runs to him after every loss or inane statement out of the front office. Wright handles them better than Mitt Romney is doing with MSNBC, turns and packs his bag, and heads to the safety of the parking lot. From there, he enters his world until he drives back for the next night of chaos.
No, you are going to see David Wright in a Met uniform… for the rest of this year.
If Sandy Alderson is smart, he’ll cut a deal before the season starts next spring and gets the most he’s ever going to get for a guy that probably just had the best season he’s going to have during this decade.
If not, he’s exercise the option and you will see Wright back next year until a deal can be done during the season.
Lastly, the Mets could chose to go down the same insane path they did with Jose Reyes and take draft picks for the face of the team since 2004.
But, what you’re not going to see is Wright put on a Mets cap in 2014. No, that will have to wait until Cooperstown.