Mets can't dare allow David Wright to get to free agency

David Wright needs just one RBI to pass Darryl Strawberry on the team’s all-time RBI list.

According to the New York Post, “Strawberry might appear at Citi Field during this homestand to honor Wright,” though, “a team official said a celebration involving Strawberry won’t come until after Wright moves alone into first place.”

Wright, who is batting .500, has reached base at least twice in nine straight games.

He 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.

In the Daily News, Bill Madden writes:

[jbox color=”white”]”Whether he realizes it or not, Wright is starting to put pressure on Mets ownership to get negotiations going. … The Mets can’t afford to allow even the perception of him following Jose Reyes out the door. … No matter what, Wright is in a strong position.  There is a dearth of All-Star-caliber third basemen in baseball, and three of the wealthiest teams — the Phillies, Cubs and Dodgers — will be looking to invest there.  It all adds up to why the Mets cannot dare to allow him to get into a free agency situation after 2013.”[/jbox]

Earlier this week, Andy Martino of the Daily News said on Twitter that a contract extension between the Mets and Wright is not a ‘front-burner issue.’ However, a team source told Martino that he believes a deal will eventually be worked out.

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Matthew Cerrone: It takes two to tango, though. And, if what Madden says is true about the Phillies, Cubs and Dodgers, and if Wright is confident in his health and production this season, why would he negotiate an extension right now (when he’s coming off back-to-back poor seasons and has just 34 at bats to show for 2012)?  Similarly, what do the Mets have to gain right now, as well?

The season just started. The team is playing mostly well, and there are very few negative storylines here, which is probably why some media people are framing the absence of a new contract as ‘inaction,’ or as if no deal means something is wrong. This way, a conflict can be manufactured and columnists and talk show hosts can have something to yell about. But, the reality is, it’s April and I’m sure BOTH sides want to let this play out a tad.

Personally, I want Wright here for as long as possible, and so I hope they work out an extension before this summer’s trade deadline. He and the team will be hammered with questions from media and pressure from fans in June and July if something doesn’t happen before that, as people speculate whether he’ll be traded. Frankly, I see ZERO chance Wright is traded (because it just makes no sense, for either team, given how he can void his option and become a free agent), but that certainly will not stop people from freaking out and talking about it like it could happen. So, why have to deal with that, when they could simply figure out an extension. But, first, let Wright show us and the team, and more importantly himself and the market, that he’s back, healthy, performing well and ready to pull in top dollar.

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In a poll on MetsBlog last week, 58 percent of fans who votes said the Mets should look to sign Wright and keep him through at least 2017.