The Mets prefer to sign R.A. Dickey and David Wright to new contracts this winter, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said after serving hot meals yesterday with Matt Harvey to Far Rockaway residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
However, Wilpon added:
“The second preference is probably to keep them and have them play out the season. The third preference would be to trade them. … They’re both very important to the franchise and they’re both fan favorites and we would like to keep it that way. We’re dealing in hypothetical now, so I don’t want to go there. In terms of right now, the process is ongoing, and we want to get something done. … They’re both under contract. We have all the flexibility in the world with that.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I was fine before reading these quotes. Now I’m concerned the Mets might botch this.
In hindsight, it’s obvious the Mets did not trade Jose Reyes in late 2011 because he was fighting for a batting title and he was their best chance at selling tickets in September that year. It’s also clear the Mets were never going to outbid the competition for Reyes, either because the contract would have been too expensive or because – regardless of money – they just never wanted his game, talent and age beyond the next three or four years. Negotiations were destine to fail, yet they kept him that summer, sold tickets and let him walk… To fairly judge that decision, I’ll need to see how Reyes does over the course of his current contract, plus know much money was made on tickets that September, plus know how C Kevin Plawecki and SS Matt Reynolds turn out, since they are who was acquired with compensatory picks for Reyes signing with Miami.
The point is, this current front office is probably going to be just as calculated about Dickey and Wright, based on Wilpon’s quotes. It’s a business and I understand their unemotional approach. I get it, and actually appreciate it. But, I don’t have to like it…
I’m now on the side of wanting to retain Dickey, despite once thinking it made more sense to trade him. I now believe he’s more valuable on (and off ) the field than in trade. I’ve always felt that way about Wright. I want these guys back. I want to keep rooting for them. They make being a Mets fan more fun and I need that. These quotes worry me that management might determine that the best way to make the most money (and spend the least) will be to let these situations bleed in to next off season, and – if they do – thanks to the last few years – I’m conditioned to have no faith it will work out to my advantage (as a Mets fan).
God, I hope I’m wrong. I still wake up every morning looking for a headline telling me deals are close. It would just be much, much easier that way. The thing is, I also know that being a Mets fan is never easy, so instead I write this and keep waiting…