The Mets have not explored trade and free agent markets yet, as they are focused on reaching an agreement on a contract extension with David Wright, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
“We haven’t talked about anybody,” a club source told Puma. “We might have to concern ourselves with who is going to fill in at third base if David isn’t here.”
Puma says all other needs are secondary to resolving Wright’s contract situation.
Yesterday, Puma said on Twitter while discussions have been on-going between Wright and the Mets, negotiations are “stuck in neutral” at the moment.
Puma says Wright is seeking a deal of seven years and $125 million.
In regards to R.A. Dickey, Puma says the Mets will not begin serious negotiations on a new contract with him until Wright’s contract situation is resolved.
In addition, according to Puma, the Mets could decide to trade Dickey if the two sides cannot workout a contract extension this winter.
Meanwhile, Puma says the team would like to acquire a catcher to pair with Josh Thole next winter, and while there is the possibility they could bring Kelly Shoppach back, they would like to see if there are better options available first.
Puma lists David Ross and Miguel Olivo as possible alternatives to Shoppach.