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 extension, which 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.