Today on WFAN, David Wright told Ed Coleman he will not discuss a contract extension during the season, but would be willing to discuss a new deal during the off-season.
“I’ve made a decision, along with my representatives, that we will not discuss contract during this season,” Wright told Coleman. “Or next for that matter. There’s too much good going on with this team, and so many positive vibes with this team right now, that it wouldn’t be fair to my teammates, to this team, to do something as selfish as talk about a contract for me. It doesn’t just affect me. It affects the guys in that clubhouse, it affects the vibe in the clubhouse. It’s a part of the business, but on the same hand, it’s selfish when I feel I am discussing ‘me’, when we should be discussing ‘we’ as a team, and especially the good start we have gotten off to.”
Wright did add “”I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – I love it here.”
According to David Lennon of Newsday, the team does not see Wright’s stance as an obstacle towards reaching a new deal.
On Tuesday, Sandy Alderson told reporters he plans to speak this season with the agents for Wright about a new contract extension.
“We certainly will talk to his agent sometime this season,” Alderson said. “I don’t want to infer that we will make an offer. We won’t make an offer. We expect to talk to his agent this season certainly.”
Earlier this month, Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal said the Mets are quietly preparing a long-term contract extension for Wright, according to a baseball official familiar with the team’s thinking.
However, on Wednesday Mets COO Jeff Wilpon spoke with reporters and said there is no reason to rush the David Wright situation.
“As Sandy said last night. [Wright] is under contract this year,” Wilpon said. “We have an option for next year. There is no gun to anybody’s head. So, let it just play out. At the right time, Sandy and I will discuss it and it will move on.”
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.
Now, that doesn’t mean the whole situation isn’t nerve racking from a fan perspective. I’d love for the two sides to work out a deal sooner rather than later and move on together. Most importantly, the uncertainty would end, and this discussion would end – the focus would shift to pure baseball, and Wright’s continued contribution to the history of this franchise.
To listen to Wright’s entire talk with Coleman, check out WFAN.com.