Wright ‘optimistic’ he will remain with the Mets

David Wright has told Mike Puma of the New York Post he is “optimistic” that he will remain a Met. However, Wright also said that he needs to see in what direction the franchise is going.

Wright said he doesn’t believe money will be an issue; rather, he said a chance to play in the World Series held more importance.

“You want to be able to win, and I’ve only experienced a little bit of that here,” Wright said, according to Puma. “In a perfect world, we get this thing turned around and going in the right direction and ultimately I get to experience the bad, the ugly and the good here, which includes winning.”

Wright said the franchise has taken a “baby step” in the right direction, and cited Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler as examples of how the Mets can rebuild their pitching.

In March of this year, 75 percent of Mets fans who voted here said the team should sign Wright to at least a three-year extension, keeping him in Queens through 2016.

In the same poll, more than 50% said the team should look to keep him through at least 2017; and 35% said he should get more than a five-year extension, which would keep him on the Mets through at least 2018.

This past winter, Wright told SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt that, “There’s a tremendous fire inside of me to win, and a burning desire that wants to win a World Series. I hope that happens here. And I think a lot of it has to do with the direction that we’re gonna go the next few years. In an ideal world, we kind of turn that corner, get things turned around, get headed in that right direction and hopefully I’m here for a long time, accomplish that goal of winning the World Series and kind of go from there.”

Wright is in the middle of the final year 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.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

This and signing RA Dickey to an extension are going to be the dominant story lines this winter. In either case, BOTH players will be on the Mets to start next year, no question. They each have affordable options, and they’re both awesome and needed, especially entering a season in which the Mets host the All Star Game. The Mets are not in a position to trade away their only stars before the season starts. Instead, I expect Sandy Alderson to work and re-sign both of these players before Opening Day.

Wright will likely use Ryan Zimmerman’s six-year, $100 million extension as a model, though there is an argument to be made that he could get more because of all he does for this organization from a public relations point of view. Factoring in PR, adjusting for his slumps the last few years, seeing him rebound this season, looking at his age, fielding, potential going forward, brand equity, etc., I can see him expecting a seven-year deal (wiping out next year’s option). He’s probably worth $20 million on the open market. So, the Mets are probably looking at seven years and $140 million and I’m not sure where this Ownership and front office stand on spending that type of money right now. But, we’re going to find out soon enough…