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I was making my usual daily visit to Mets Blog and saw something that caught my eye. It appears that David Wright has decided to let the Mets front office come to him in regards to a new contract. Here’s what Mets Blog says he said;
This afternoon at Digital Domain Park, David Wright spoke with reporters and, according to MetsBlog.com’s Michael Baron, said he will not approach the Mets about a contract extension – rather, he will let them come to him.
Wright said he has not discussed a new contract with his agents yet, and conjectured whether or not the team needs to work through their financial struggles before engaging in contract talks.
I think Wright is absolutely right…
Let’s be honest for a moment. If you were Sandy Alderson would you give Wright a contract extension prior to this season?
Ok, I know what Omar Minaya would do but I’m asking you if you would sign David Wright to a contract extension today.
I know he’s the face of the Mets and probably one of the only ones on this year’s team worth watching but would you sign him right now?
I know 2011 was a tough year for Wright. He played through the pain of a broken back that landed him on the DL for a couple of months and when he returned he did pretty well.
Unfortunately this is 2012 and he’ll need to be more than just the loyal face of the Mets. He’ll need to return to the form he showed in 2010 if he hopes to remain a New York Met for life as he’s always wished that he could be.
Wright will need to explode from day one and never look back. If he does that than Sandy Alderson will do exactly as Wright wishes…he will come to him and give him what he wants.
I hope Wright is able to return to his past success and get to be a Met for life. If he doesn’t then the Mets should make the decision by the trading deadline to deal him to the highest bidder.
Wright is absolutely right. The Mets need to come to him and they will. It’s up to Wright whether Alderson comes to him with a contract extension or whether it’s to shake his hand, wish him well and thank him for his loyalty and years of service.
I hope it’s a contract extension….don’t you?
I absolutely love this time of year. The annual rite of passage known as Spring Training is nearer then Greece’s economic collapse and I’m excited about the upcoming baseball season and nothing gets me more fired up than when a reporter like Jon Paul Morosi claims the New York Mets are waving the white flag. You can read his article here if you would like.
Why even bother heading down to Port Saint Lucie, boys. Stay home and rest up until the Mets are able to spend the type of money that would keep Greece afloat for another month or two.
Is Morosi kidding or what?
I like what Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson had to say….
“It’s a perception,” Alderson acknowledged Sunday. “But I don’t think anybody in the division could add any more talent to their roster than we can. We’re talking about adding Johan Santana. We’re talking about adding Ike Davis. Daniel Murphy was the fifth-leading hitter in the league when he went out with his injury. David Wrightmissed two months. [All are expected to be full participants in spring training.] We’ve substantially improved our bullpen.
“So, did we add talent? I think we did, the fact that we didn’t sign someone for $100 million notwithstanding. … It’s an uphill battle getting that message across.”
I have to believe that Sandy is correct here.
Ike Davis was seemingly headed towards an All-Star type season prior to spending the majority of the 2011 on the disabled list. From everything I’ve heard Davis is chomping at the bit to prove his rookie season wasn’t a fluke and hopefully 2012 will be a healthy and productive one.
Johan Santana missed the entire 2011 season and while I’m the first to admit he may never return to the form that made Santana an extremely feared and respected ace of the staff but he probably could be counted on to still win 12-15 games just on sheer nerve alone. Hopefully he’ll be healthy enough to be on the hill on opening day.
In 2011 Daniel Murphy had the type of season we Mets fans have been waiting for. It’s too darn bad an injury shortened his 2011 campaign and to be perfectly honest with you if this guy could ever stay healthy he may one day win a batting crown.
When you consider the guy was playing hurt prior to a 2 month stint that would have left most folks lying in their beds yelling for someone to bring them some soup David Wright had a very good 2011 and with the left field porch moved in 12 feet look for a great 2012 from Wright.
Frank Francisco had a decent season for a .500 team in Toronto and is definitely an upgrade over last year.
So tell me who in the National League East added this type of quality to their line-ups?
The answer is no one.
Did the Mets really get worse as Morosi claims? Are the Mets really waving the white flag and throwing in the towel on the 2012 season.
I suppose that’s why they play the games, right?