The Mets and David Wright have had “zero talks” about a possible contract extension, reports Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York.
Wright is in the final year of a six year, $55 million contract he signed during the 2006 season. However, the team holds a $16 million option for 2013, which Wright can choose to void if he’s traded.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Wright is happy with the contract he signed almost five years ago.
“That kind of business I leave to [my agents],” Wright said. “They can handle it. But I’m going to steer clear. I’m trying to play baseball. Worrying about my contract is too much.”
Meanwhile, Wright is one RBI short of setting the all-time team record in that category, as he’s currently tied with Darryl Strawberry with 733.
“It’s a big deal to be able to drive in runs,” Wright said, according to Mazzeo. “I don’t know about the records and things like that. Obviously, Straw was one of my favorite players growing up. It’s well-documented. I tried to emulate his swing.”
Wright doesn’t necessarily believe that setting the RBI record reinforces the notion he is the “face of the franchise,” telling reporters, ““I think that you can’t drive runs in unless there’s guys out there in scoring position. So obviously the majority of the credit goes to those guys getting on base for me.”
To read Matthew Cerrone’s take on what could, and should, happen with Wright and a possible contract extension this summer, check out this post from earlier today.
For Michael Baron’s thoughts from last weekend on Wright’s value to the franchise, click here.