There is certainly a lot of buzz emanating from Queens these days in regards to David Wright’s contract negotiations.
Per MetsBlog, WFAN’s Mike Francesca says that he has sources (inside Mets’ offices) saying that the offer the Mets made to Wright, a deal which is reportedly worth $135-140 million for seven years, is legit and that the Mets are serious about locking up Wright long term. Wright has said in the last couple of days, though, that no official offer has been made and that figure being tossed around is “inaccurate.”
The thinking here is that the Mets had to make an offer to make Wright feel welcome and appreciated while also trying to speed up their plans on how they will attack the offseason and how much money they can spend this winter. On the surface, the deal appears to be authentic and definitely within market value.
So, the ball is now in Wright’s court. The prevailing sentiment is if Wright truly wants to stay with the club and continue being the face of the franchise, this is a more than acceptable deal and one that he should accept with open arms.
Presumably, Wright is upset that all leaked details about his contract negotiations are certainly pushing his hand. Wright wanted to make this a private matter. However, the cat is out of the bag now.
Mets’ officials definitely wanted to make a statement with this offer. They did not want to come off as some coupon-clipping, cash-deprived franchise void of trying to put the best product forward. Since Jose Reyes-another Mets’ staple-was not given the same treatment, the Mets wanted to make it clear that they would not mess it up this time around. The PR hit the Mets would have took if they did not reveal they wanted Wright back publicly could have become ugly and in some cases, unforgivable.
So, where does the truth lie?
If the Mets really did make this offer and it is genuine, then what is Wright waiting for? Is it a smokescreen? Did Wright say that he wanted to stay with the Mets-while avoiding the temptation of joining a contending team-all along thinking that the Mets would never put up an offer as lucrative as the one that is being floated around?
As usual, the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle.
The Mets unquestionably want to save face with this offer and extend an olive branch to some long-time suffering fans who view Wright as irreplaceable-on and off the field. Wright, meanwhile, wants to both maximize his value and also be the guy that will stick with the Mets through thick and thin. While Wright would love to go down in Mets’ lore as a guy who completed his whole career with the same club that drafted him-you know being the Mets’ version of Chipper Jones-he also has to look out for his best interests.
If Wright does not accept this deal, his image will no doubt take a major hit. The backlash he would get from fans, the media, etc. would be unrelenting. I’m sure Wright does not want to go down the same path Jose Reyes just did, although it appeared the Mets had no interest in ever bringing back Reyes.
I also don’t blame the faction of fans who believe this proposed deal is too much for a player getting up there in age and who has battled injuries and inconsistency for the last couple of years (see Wright’s 2012 second half troubles for evidence). Wright also has a tendency to come up short in the clutch and the final years of this deal could prove to be costly.
However, the Mets NEEDED to make an offer like this. They at least set out what they said they were going to do. That was try to lock up Wright long term and build around him and contend for the playoffs in the coming years.
I think Wright and the Mets have to find some common ground, so as to let this fester. Hopefully this ordeal can be put to bed before the Winter Meetings begin, which are set to start next week.
Both Sandy Alderson and Wright need answers and they have to be answered quickly.
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