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David Wright, the pragmatist, really wants to win again

David Wright, who is 31 years old and entering his 11th big-league season, is feeling a sense of urgency to win.

“Obviously, I’d like to win before I get to the point where I just feel like I can’t do it at a high level anymore,” Wright said Thursday at Tradition Field. “I still feel like I’ve got a lot in the tank, but at the same time I know how fast these 10 years went by.”

That said, while he understands the need for instant gratification in the New York market, he believes Sandy Alderson is going about rebuilding the Mets in the right way, saying:

“We had a lot of holes to fill. … It probably was somewhat unrealistic to think all of those holes were going to be filled in one offseason by free agents. … It’s not an overnight fix. … You can’t sit and rebuild an entire culture and you can’t rebuild an entire team in one offseason. It’s going to be up to some of the guys who have been here to do their part, as well. When you don’t have success for the number of years that we haven’t had success, you can’t just get rid of the whole team and go buy a whole new team. It just doesn’t work that way. … If you spend more money in the one offseason, you kind of get into the situation where we were a couple of years ago. That doesn’t help you all that much, either, if it doesn’t work out. … The flip side of that is you go out there and you go on this big spending spree, unless you’re the Yankees or the Dodgers right now, that kind of hamstrings you a little bit down the road. And that’s kind of the situation we got ourselves into earlier. … The fan side of me wants them to go out there and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on every player we can possibly get to make our team better now. But there’s a part of me that says I want to have sustained success once we do have that success. The only way to do that is when you have off-seasons where you have money coming off the books at the same time where you need to add money.”

For what it’s worth, Wright was sporting a new Macklemore-like haircut while talking to media outside the clubhouse in St. Lucie.

“I got good flow,” he joked, when asked about it. “Is the flow good?”

To listen to the entire 15-minute discussion Wright had with reporters today in St. Lucie, click here.




41 comments
Starz31
Starz31

Good to hear some sane comments from David. He's not going to say anything overly critical to the press but this is about as honest as he gets. Regardless of what fans think, and I have my frustrations with the lack of spending by the team, it's indisputable that he's right. This team is being rebuilt to win sustainably. Every year the farm system has gotten batter and the pitching staff has improved; drastically improved in the sense of power young arms. That's a very real thing that can help this team turn the corner in the next few years. 

Tom Downing
Tom Downing

Now they have David drinking the Kool-Aid.  All players were probably forced to take "Talking to the Press" 101.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Wright will eventually go to the Yankees to try and get a ring. Just like Doc, Daryl, Cone, Leiter. Even Seaver got #300 in Yankee Stadium. Honestly would anyone be surprised if the left side of the Yankee infield on Opening Day 2015 is Wright and Reyes?

mikerolli
mikerolli

Sign drew- or will the steal him from us ? Www.wilponANidiot.com lol

kevmvp
kevmvp

If David really wanted to win he should have got out while he had the chance. Gonna be another 74-78 win season. Sad but true. We've totally wasted our franchise players best years. He deserves better then what the Mets have given him on the field to work with.

Connie Nerrie
Connie Nerrie

I think it's a legitimate gripe that the Wilpons didn't build a solid organization over the years.  Instead,  they had high payrolls, spending on short-term fixes.

Now that the Madoff fiasco forced them into trying to build a professional baseball organization (under difficult financial conditions) everybody's mad at them.

I'm glad David Wright has some appreciation for the process.  

I expect to see a scrappy, highly committed team this year which has a good chance to do well.

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

This sustained success talk is nonsense. We haven't had ANY success. Just win one for us. They've been milking the 86 ws ever since.

wingo43
wingo43

I didn't know David and I had so much in common.  Yeah, I (the pragmatist) want the Mets to win too.

bromancer
bromancer

Do you think David had to brush his teeth and take a shower after this?  This meat puppet should learn to bite his tongue when he's off the field too.

Darren Delgado
Darren Delgado

"The flip side of that is you go out there and you go on this big spending spree, unless you’re the Yankees or the Dodgers right now, that kind of hamstrings you a little bit down the road. "

It's going to hamstring the Yankees too.  At least the Dodgers spent their gobs of money on mostly decent contracts.

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

I feel so bad for him.. He doesn't deserve this.. Hopefully ike and tejada can get their heads out of their you know whats and actually do something this year (that sentence alone is extremely depressing to think about)

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera

Hang in David, we should have some payroll flexibility by 2020

Ricardo Ronda
Ricardo Ronda

Wright did a lot of " buying in sellout " talk today. How about he plays 150 games+ for a change and Earn

mets2891
mets2891

If David REALLY wanted to win, he'd never have re-signed with the Mets.

Zyke13
Zyke13

@metsblog he should ask for a trade,he was lied to#mets mets will never win with this ownership

sayhey24
sayhey24

I also feel bad for Wright. He deserves better for sticking it out. I want to be hopeful but i cant be as optimistic as some who believe that guys like CY will suddenly revert back to better days. Very few players make significant progress from their previous year and we have at least 5 guys that will need to if we have any shot at contention. Hopefully Wright is given better support next year.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

He's the Don Mattingly of the Mets.  A good guy, a talented player in the wrong place at the worst time. 

getalife
getalife

That hairstyle looks weird on Wright...

completely
completely

This is exactly what Wright signed up for. He had all the information he should have needed to be able to determine definitively that the Wilpons will lie when it suits them. There was no reason to take anything they had to say about their plans for the future seriously. Wright also should have seen that he would almost certainly have made more money by waiting to hit the open market. 


He wants to be a lifetime Met - great, he'll probably get his wish. I respect that he feels that way and he's entitled to play it however he likes. I'm just disappointed that one of the few people who has actually held some leverage over the Wilpons in recent years chose not to use it at all. Would they have been forced to be more aggressive if Wright demanded it with the real threat of walking out the door looming? Who knows, but I would have liked to see him take a run at it.

simbad
simbad

Well, then he should ask for a trade.

PanchoVilla
PanchoVilla

Wake up David.  You will be retired before this team puts a winning product to support you.  

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Seeing as how the Arod situation played out I wonder if he isn't kicking himself right now. Guy could have made so much more money and played for a winner if he just waited a year

mikerolli
mikerolli

Wilpon a jerk how he ran the mets into the ground

DIY Degree
DIY Degree


@Connie Nerrie What difficult financial conditions? Sandy Alderson said there are no payroll restrictions whatsoever and never have been. That's why fans are mad at them. Everyone with an IQ above their age knows there are crippling financial restrictions yet the team pretends otherwise thereby insulting our intelligence. 

kevmvp
kevmvp

@Connie Nerrie  They can do well if one of Ike Davis or Lucas Duda figures it all out, if Chris Young has a bounce back year, if Bartolo Colon can replace some of what Matt Harvey did for us, if Travis D'Arnaud is the real deal, if Ruben Tejada gives us adequate production at SS, if Juan Lagares can hit a little. There are simply to many ifs. It's more than likely that this team (barring something unforeseen) wins around 75 games. 


I hate to admit it but it's more than likely reality. I hope i'm wrong but I think it's going to be another quiet September at Citi.

sayhey24
sayhey24

@Chapter 7 You are correct.  I have been a fan almost since the team's inception and, even when we were relying on our system, we never had any good long string of years.  Very few teams have been able to subsist solely on their farm or solely on free agents.  It is even harder in NY, because really good prospects tend to falter under the lights of the city.  Few people take this factor into account.  You need a good mixture of solid vets that can take pressure off of the youngsters.  Guys like Hernandez, Carter, Knight, Ojeda, etc.  took pressure off of the Goodens and Straws.  They all had extended periods of ML success and were parts of winning teams before coming here.  To have sustained success in NY you HAVE to spend on some stars, or else you are going to end up with too many guys that are not strong enough to withstand the pressures of this town.

billysuede
billysuede

@Darren Delgado  dude, seriously. stop. can we worry about making the playoffs back to back years before we throw jokes the yankees' way? what they do has no zero effect on us since the wilpons don't even try to compete with them. once the mets start winning, revenue goes up and they will be spending just as much as the dodgers and yankees and what will people here say then? 

Jimmy P.
Jimmy P.

I was going to write the same thing.

The slumlord Wilpons promised him that they would field a winner and that's why he stayed.

hankypanky
hankypanky

I'm glad he stayed, actually. I don't see how staring down the Wilpon's would have made the Mets more entertaining.i

hankypanky
hankypanky

I suspect Wright knows the score and that he will be gone by the time this team wins a couple of rings. He's just saying the right things, not unlike Jeter did all these years.

kevmvp
kevmvp

@DIY Degree @Connie Nerrie  And then Sandy has the nerve to say that the Mets will spend money if fans come out and support the team. Fan attendance for pretty much every team is always poor when the product on the field is awful. Make the product better and people will come out to the ballpark instead of just watching from their couch. Or it least admit that you have financial restrictions and stop trying to play everyone for fools. 

Connie Nerrie
Connie Nerrie

@kevmvp @Connie Nerrie  Thanks for the response.


But can't you say that about any team?  If Tanaka can deal with a bigger ball, a lower mound, and ML hitters.  If Jeter can play well this year.  If Texeira comes back strong.  If Robertson can close, etc. Who else is over there?

completely
completely

@hankypanky  Yeah - I guess I was just thinking about trying to win. 

metsaholic
metsaholic

@hankypanky Jeter has 5 rings.  He got 4 in 5 years alone. I don't think it's much of a challenge for him to say the "right things."  I wish Wright would stop being the good solider so much.  He has a contract and the support of the fans.  Is it too much to ask for management to stop wasting his years buying time for the Wilpons. 

kevmvp
kevmvp

@Connie Nerrie @kevmvp  I agree you can say that about a lot of teams. But the Mets have a lot more question marks then the majority of the teams who "on paper" are considered good. The Yankees still feature a lineup that has Ellsbury, Beltran, Texiera, Soriano, and McCann. That's not bad at all. Yea there pitching has to come together but they didn't give Tanaka all that money thinking he wasn't any good. He has question marks sure and he still has to show he is more Yu Darvish then Kei Igawa. But he is a major talent. 


The Mets lineup has 3 legit hitters in Wright, Granderson, and Murphy. A big prospect in D'Arnaud but a prospect who still has to show he can play at this level. A guy in Ike Davis who could be really good, but yet he's not for some reason. Chris Young, who I personally like but he's still a huge question mark. Two extremely weak offensive players in Lagares and Tejada. Maybe one of them figures it out, but once again your getting back into the "what if" game. That lineup leaves a lot to be desired. Stephen Drew would it least give the Mets another quality bat. But the Mets don't seem interested in paying him. That's the problem most fans seem to have. 


The Mets best chance for success this year is through their young pitching. They need Wheeler to continue to progress, Neise, and Gee to do their thing and a guy like Syndergard to come up and give the team a real boost probably around July. Then they're going to need to get a big year out of either Chris Young or Ike Davis. And Granderson, Wright, and Murphy have to all stay healthy and produce. And D'Arnaud has to be a productive hitter. It's not impossible but a lot has to fall perfectly into place.