Mets have made an offer to David Wright, Wright has countered

The Mets have made a contract offer to David Wright, and Wright’s agents have countered, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Rosenthal says the terms of the offer are not yet known.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Posted Nov. 12: Based on what I’m hearing, Wright’s camp is thinking seven years and at least $130 million guaranteed, while the Mets are thinking more like six years and around $110 million. Frankly, that’s close enough to make me confident they’ll eventually find a compromise.

If Wright was on the open market, I’d be worried. But, because I truly believe he’s going to start next season on the Mets with or without a new deal – and because people say he really wants to retire here – and because the Mets need him – and because no other team can make him an offer right now – and because he knows he ended last year in a massive slump and next year could break his value as a free agent – I trust these two sides will eventually come together.

I don’t expect this to be negotiated in public. Instead, I expect to read statements that kick this story down the road (like this tweet from Rosenthal), taking it deeper in to the off season than most fans are probably comfortable with. This will inevitably fuel skepticism. But, my hope is that one day this winter, out of no place, someone will report a deal is done and that will be that.

Previous updates on David Wright...

Contract: Wright just completed the final year Wright of a six-year, $55 million contract he signed during the 2006 season. The Mets exercised their $16 million club option for 2013, and can become a free agent after next season.

Reports and Posts:

  • Nov. 8: The Mets are not looking to trade David Wright at this time, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
  • Oct 30: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Mets are currently negotiating with David Wright on a contract extension, although progress on a new deal has been slow between the two sides.
  • Oct 27: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says “ten officials” outside the Mets organization believe if the Mets offer David Wright a seven-year, $127 million contract extension, in addition to his $16 million option for 2013, that should be enough to convince him to stay with the Mets.

Priority remains retaining Wright and Dickey

Today in Coney Island, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon told reporters the team’s top priority remains retaining both David Wright and R.A. Dickey.

Wilpon says negotiations are “on-going” with the two players, and while Wilpon acknowledged they are exploring other options for Dickey, that serves only as their backup plan.

Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, having allowed 192 hits and 54 walks with 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings. He became the first Met to win 20 games since Frank Viola in 1990, and is a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award, which will be announced tomorrow night.

The Mets exercised both Wright’s and Dickey’s options for 2013 – Wright will earn $16 million and Dickey will earn $5 million. Both can become free agents after the 2013 season.

Where things stand with David Wright and the Mets

Matthew Cerrone , Lead Writer

According to countless reports, David Wright and the Mets want to agree to a long-term contract extension.

However, based on what I’m hearing, Wright’s camp is thinking seven years and at least $130 million guaranteed, while the Mets are thinking more like six years and around $110 million. Frankly, that’s close enough to make me confident they’ll eventually find a compromise.

If Wright was on the open market, I’d be worried. But, because I truly believe he’s going to start next season on the Mets with or without a new deal – and because people say he really wants to retire here – and because the Mets need him – and because no other team can make him an offer right now – and because he knows he ended last year in a massive slump and next year could break his value as a free agent – I trust these two sides will eventually come together.

When? I don’t know. But, I don’t expect this to be negotiated in public. Instead, I expect to read statements that kick this story down the road, taking it deeper in to the off season than most fans are probably comfortable with. This will inevitably fuel skepticism. But, my hope is that one day this winter, out of no place, someone will report a deal is done and that will be that.

R.A. Dickey, on the other hand, is a totally different story… more on that later.

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Mets are not entertaining trading David Wright at this time

Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says, while negotiations between the Mets and David Wright have been slow, enough progress has been made to the point the Mets are not currently entertaining a trade for him.

“There’s enough progress, anyway, that no trade talks involving Wright are on the horizon, and the Mets will instead continue to talk to Wright and his representatives exclusively,” Knobler explains.

Knobler says optimism remains the two sides will eventually come to terms on a new contract.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

10:26 pm: The more and more I hear from people at the GM Meetings, and the more I hear from team insiders, and the more I read the tea leaves, the more I get the feeling these two sides have already discussed numbers and are cool with what it will take to get a deal done. I’m not saying they’ve agreed to anything, necessarily, but knowing the two sides met in Virginia last week, and hearing so much about R.A. Dickey today, I believe Wright, his agents and Sandy Alderson might already be seeing eye to eye and it’s just a matter of time before they put it in ink.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I won’t be totally confident about the situation until the deal is official. But I’m not any more concerned a deal might not get done just because the negotiations have been reportedly stagnant. One thing we’ve learned – especially with the Jason Bay situation – is this front office is incredible at keeping their business to themselves and not letting things get out. It’s fair to question the situation, considering who the player is and no deal appears to be imminent, but there’s no way to really know where they stand in the process.

Previous Updates on David Wright...

Contract: Wright just completed the final year Wright of a six-year, $55 million contract he signed during the 2006 season. The Mets exercised their $16 million club option for 2013, and can become a free agent after next season.

Reports:

  • Nov. 8: Sandy Alderson recently visited with David Wright at his home in Virginia, he told reporters at the GM Meetings.
  • Oct 30: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Mets are currently negotiating with David Wright on a contract extension, although progress on a new deal has been slow between the two sides.
  • Oct 27: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says “ten officials” outside the Mets organization believe if the Mets offer David Wright a seven-year, $127 million contract extension, in addition to his $16 million option for 2013, that should be enough to convince him to stay with the Mets.
  • The Mets remain in preliminary talks with Wright about possible contract extensions, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.

Sandy Alderson recently visited with Wright in Va., talks are progressing

Today at the GM Meetings, Sandy Alderson told reporters he recently visited with David Wright at his home in Virginia, and said contract negotiations were progressing.

Alderson said they are mainly talking dollars and cents right now.

Michael Baron, Contributor

As I’ve said, the language from both sides indicates there is strong mutual interest to get a deal done. But it’s not reasonable to set a timetable on it, nor is it reasonable to think the Mets can snap their fingers and get a new deal done. The Mets have publicly stated they intend to handle Wright’s contract situation different than that of Jose Reyes last winter – considering how that turned out, their words are encouraging. But actions speak louder than words, especially as they try and change the perception of the state of the franchise.

Previous updates on David Wright...

Contract: Wright just completed the final year Wright of a six-year, $55 million contract he signed during the 2006 season. The Mets exercised their $16 million club option for 2013, and can become a free agent after next season.

Reports:

Mets, Wright and Dickey not close to new deals

The Mets are ‘not close’ to reaching new agreements with either R.A. Dickey or David Wright, according to a one person with knowledge of the discussions, reports Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger.

In his report, McCullough also points out:

“Yahoo Sports reported today the Major League Baseball Players’ Association cleared the Levinsons of any wrongdoing in Melky Cabrera’s cover-up of a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. After Cabrera flunked a test with too much testosterone, an ACES consultant named Juan Nunez allegedly built a fake website to help Cabrera skirt disciplinary action. … In the wake of Cabrera’s suspension, Wright made clear he planned to stay with the Levinsons, who have represented him since the Mets selected him in the first round of the 2001 draft.”

Last week, Joel Sherman of the New York Post said on TV that 10 team officials outside the organization believe Wright and the Mets will eventually agree to a long-term contract extensionwhich they expect will be worth $127 million over seven years (in addition to his $16 million option for 2013).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Sandy Alderson said in public that he hoped to get both of these situations resolved as soon as possible. I believe some of this, while knowing nothing ever goes as planned. I wonder if there was a restriction on Wright’s agents, from the MLBPA, which kept them from negotiating a contract while being investigated? Or, maybe they were just busy? Or, perhaps something else is at play? Who knows? The point is, I do think Alderson was genuine when speaking about Wright’s status. I’m not so sure about his comments on Dickey, though, if only because the overwhelming buzz from Citi Field indicates the team will not talk numbers with R.A.’s agents until the team has a good sense of where things are headed with Wright. And, of course, as I mentioned yesterday, Dickey’s situation could impact whether the team tries to trade Jon Niese for a bat.

Updates on Wright, Dickey, free agency, trades, and the Mets

The Mets have not explored trade and free agent markets yet, as they are focused on reaching an agreement on a contract extension with David Wright, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

“We haven’t talked about anybody,” a club source told Puma. “We might have to concern ourselves with who is going to fill in at third base if David isn’t here.”

Puma says all other needs are secondary to resolving Wright’s contract situation.

Yesterday, Puma said on Twitter while discussions have been on-going between Wright and the Mets, negotiations are “stuck in neutral” at the moment.

Puma says Wright is seeking a deal of seven years and $125 million.


In regards to R.A. Dickey, Puma says the Mets will not begin serious negotiations on a new contract with him until Wright’s contract situation is resolved.

In addition, according to Puma, the Mets could decide to trade Dickey if the two sides cannot workout a contract extension this winter.


Meanwhile, Puma says the team would like to acquire a catcher to pair with Josh Thole next winter, and while there is the possibility they could bring Kelly Shoppach back, they would like to see if there are better options available first.

Puma lists David Ross and Miguel Olivo as possible alternatives to Shoppach.

Mets, Wright negotiations “stuck in neutral,” Dickey’s future still unclear

The Daily News’ Andy Martino says a person briefed on the process told him both David Wright and the Mets plan to “intensify” negotiations for a new contract as early as this week.


Nov. 1, 6:20 pm: Mike Puma of the New York Post says while discussions are on-going between Wright and the Mets, negotiations are “stuck in neutral.”

Meanwhile, Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger also says negotiations between Wright and the Mets have continued, but nothing was imminent.


Nov. 1, 7:51 am: As of yesterday, neither Wright nor R.A. Dickey were close to agreeing to a contract, and “there remained a genuine possibility that Dickey could be traded instead,” according to Martino.

On Tuesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the Mets were currently negotiating with David Wright on a contract extension, but the negotiation process was going slowly.

The Mets exercised Wright and Dickey’s options for 2013 on Tuesday – they had until yesterday to execute Wright’s option and until tomorrow to execute Dickey’s option.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Posted Oct. 30: I’m still confident a deal will get done between both sides. I don’t think the fact negotiations are going slow is an indication it won’t get done. It’s presumably a very large contract extension, and those deals tend to have more complicated factors which need to be defined by both sides. Taking that into account, it was probably premature to tell the New York Post a deal could be worked out before the World Series, or even by the end of October. But if it gets done sometime in November, or even before the Winter Meetings, that’s fine too – it just needs to get done. The sooner this can be wrapped up, the better things will be for the team, for reasons ranging from the perception of the franchise to being able to project future payrolls and moving onto other immediate needs.

For Matthew Cerrone’s and Michael Baron’s thoughts on Dickey’s future, check out this post to MetsBlog from Wednesday.

Bowden: David Wright’s future with the Mets “hardly guaranteed”

In a post to his blog for ESPN, Jim Bowden says the Mets have “shown the same cavalier attitude” they had in their contract negotiations with David Wright as they did in their negotiations with Jose Reyes last winter.

Bowden says, “Wright’s long-term future in New York is hardly guaranteed,” and notes Sandy Alderson’s willingness to let go or deal notable stars with the A’s and Padres.

However, Bowden still believes the Mets and Wright will eventually agree to a contract extension of seven years and around $18 million per season.

But if the Mets and Wright cannot agree to an extension, Bowden believes the Red Sox, Angels, Diamondbacks, Royals and Rangers could all matchup as trade partners for Alderson this winter.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I suppose I agree with Bowden in that Wright isn’t guaranteed to be a Met for the rest of his career. He isn’t signed beyond 2012, and there’s always the possibility the two sides won’t come to terms on a new deal. But I wouldn’t expect this negotiation to go quickly, either. It’s a big deal with a lot of questions in between for both parties. But, like I said yesterday, it doesn’t matter if it had gotten done in October, or the two sides need more time, as long as they get it done. I admit I’ll be totally at ease only when Wright is standing at the podium in the Caesars Club talking about his future with the organization with his Met hat and jersey on. But I do remain confident this will get done and soon.

Mets pick up 2013 options for David Wright, R.A. Dickey

The Mets have picked up the 2013 options for David Wright and R.A. Dickey, reports Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The Mets held a $16 million option for Wright and a $5 million option for Dickey – both can become free agents after the 2013 season.

The Mets had until tomorrow to execute their option on Wright and until Friday to execute their option on Dickey.

Michael Baron, Contributor

This isn’t unexpected at all. There was no chance the Mets would decline their options on either. They’re no-brainer, inexpensive options. The question now is when all parties will come to a resolution on extensions beyond 2013, and how these options will play into those potential new deals.

As I said earlier, I’m confident the Mets will get a deal done with Wright. However, I’m less optimistic about Dickey, and I can see the Mets try and deal him this winter. The team reportedly has concerns over his age, contract demands, and the wear and tear an 80 mph knuckleball is having on his arm. But the decision to extend or deal Dickey shouldn’t come down to that. They would be in a better position to debate those issues if they were closer to a championship. Rather, it should be about whether or not Dickey’s presence for the next few years makes them better, whether or not his presence makes the organization healthier, and whether or not he can help put the team on the quickest path to not only being successful in the short-term, but the ability to sustain success over the long-term.


Earlier today, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman said the Mets and Wright are engaged in discussions for a contract extension, but the negotiations are slow at this time.

Mets, Wright making slow progress on contract extension

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Mets are currently negotiating with David Wright on a contract extension.

However, while Heyman says the two sides have made progress on a new deal, negotiations have been “slow.” Therefore, if a new agreement cannot be reached by tomorrow, the Mets will exercise Wright’s option for 2013 first, and continue negotiating an extension.

Per the language in Wright’s contract, the Mets have until tomorrow to exercise his option for 2013.

Wright just completed the final year Wright of a six-year, $55 million contract he signed during the 2006 season. He has a $16 million club option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout.

Earlier this month, Sandy Alderson told Mike Francesa on WFAN he intended to move quickly on a contract extension for Wright, and Mike Puma of the New York Post said it was possible the Mets could have new deals for both Dickey and Wright before the start of the World Series.

However, last Thursday, Andy Martino of the Daily News said the Mets were still in preliminary discussions with Wright on a new contract, although Sandy Alderson has already discussed the team’s long-term plans with Wright.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’m still confident a deal will get done between both sides. I don’t think the fact negotiations are going slow is an indication it won’t get done. It’s presumably a very large contract extension, and those deals tend to have more complicated factors which need to be defined by both sides. Taking that into account, it was probably premature to tell the New York Post a deal could be worked out before the World Series, or even by the end of October. But if it gets done sometime in November, or even before the Winter Meetings, that’s fine too – it just needs to get done. The sooner this can be wrapped up, the better things will be for the team, for reasons ranging from the perception of the franchise to being able to project future payrolls and moving onto other immediate needs.