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David Wright says Mets are substantially better

David Wright told ESPN New York that he believes the Mets will be substantially better at the start of 2014 than they were when finishing 2013.

“I’m not sure how many wins that correlates into. Only going out there and playing the game will tell,” he said. “But there’s no question in my mind that I love the moves we’ve made.”

Wright said, while he would love to see the Mets go out and sign every possible free agent, every MLB team operates with a budget, and he understands Sandy Alderson’s approach to negotiations.

“I’m not saying there’s a right way or a wrong way. I’m just saying that I think that’s Sandy’s thought process,” he explained. “Once you set that ceiling, you have to let him walk, or where do you draw the line on other players? I experienced that negotiating with Sandy.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I think this was the offseason to push a bit on those limits. Look, in no way do I think it’s smart to go bananas, like the Marlins did two years ago, or the Blue Jays last winter. That said, the Mets are at a point where I think a little extra effort would be appreciated by the market place — and especially by their fans.

I understand not wanting to block a shortstop from next year’s free-agent class, or taking a hard line on players like Stephen Drew, but giving Drew a two-year deal and just getting it done would not throw the plan completely off course. This isn’t giving a 10-year deal to Robinson Cano. It’s $24 million to a player who could be traded next winter or summer. I know, I know, he probably adds an extra win or two, at most, but it’s more than that… It’s also about credibility, messaging (to fans and players) and prolonging entertainment as deep in to the season as possible.

Also, while we’re talking improvements, with all due respect to Wright and Alderson’s $80 million in spending, Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson essentially replace Matt Harvey and Marlon Byrd. So, from a production point of view, Chris Young may be this winter’s only “upgrade” — if he can even be called that.




321 comments
Agustin Torres
Agustin Torres

We can't blame David for trying selling 2014 ticket. We lucky if we won 80 games

David Fernández
David Fernández

Has he been to Colorado? Sounds like he's been partaking ... just saying ...

Tom Heeman
Tom Heeman

Granderson and Colon essentially replace Byrd and Harvey from last year so the only potential upgrade is Chris Young..who hit .200 last year. I think 2015 will be the year we see a significant improvement

D.j. Ace
D.j. Ace

Maybe he meant his bank account,can't be the team,they r looking at 85-88 losses this yr..

David L. DeHart
David L. DeHart

His definition of substantially and my definition of substantially are completely different.

Nathaniel Hunter
Nathaniel Hunter

No there not. 51 years and two World Series victories, 1969?????? hahahahahahahahah.

Scott Warwick
Scott Warwick

I understand your point, and I probably would normally agree with you, but tis year's free agent market for SS isn't very deep, so it's either him or Ronny Cedeno. Or I suppose they could just pick Quintanilla back up. I'd rather take the risk on a talented SS than the guarantee of platooning scrubs all season. I'm not saying that they should sign him to a long term contract, but if they could talk him into a short term deal, especially since he hasn't gotten the attention he had hoped for on the market, why not go for it?

Charles Alfonso Bianco
Charles Alfonso Bianco

And the Mets fans are properly prepared for more sadness and inevitable disappointment! lol

Jack Sanchez
Jack Sanchez

You a fan of a SS who is always hurt I guess.Drew doesnt stay on the field so he is not the answer

Joseph Anthony Olivio
Joseph Anthony Olivio

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Sharon Weiner
Sharon Weiner

The captain has been wrong before and probably will be again

Joseph Mazzù
Joseph Mazzù

better than last years last place team. but the promotion days like bobbleheads are fun.

Scott Warwick
Scott Warwick

I love Wright, but if that's true, then the Mets need to take a chance on Drew. Don't tell us we need to upgrade at SS, then sit on your hands and say that a couple of acquisitions with question marks (Granderson's power outside of Yankee Stadium and strikeout rate), Colon's age and career inconsistency, Young ultimately still being an unproven player) somehow makes us "substantially" better. I've seen this song and dance before.

Jason Chilko
Jason Chilko

Than a bunch of little leaguers? Than the 1962 Mets? Than if the Jets played baseball?

Michael Pignatello
Michael Pignatello

What do u want him to say?????? That this team blows dead men!!!!!!

Julio Garcia
Julio Garcia

Idk how, same team just 1 or 2 additions.....

Kevin Barlow
Kevin Barlow

He is somewhat right I think they need to sign drew and yes he is right

Glenn Adelson
Glenn Adelson

As the captain would he come out and say they are the same or worse.

Mark Schaefer
Mark Schaefer

Huhhhhh. I hear this every year. Better...yeah im buying my playoff ticket now. Smh