Chipper Jones on David Wright’s pending contract expiration

At a press conference at Citi Field yesterday, Chipper Jones was asked about David Wright expressing a desire to remain with the Mets for the rest of his career, saying:

“I can honestly say one reason why the Atlanta Braves and I have had such a good marriage is because the Braves have never allowed me to go to free agency. They’ve never allowed me to get close to free agency. I’ve never gotten into a free-agent year without having a long-term deal signed before spring training. That’s huge. When your employer impresses upon you they want you there and they don’t want you to go somewhere, they don’t even want you sniffing the other side of the fence, that’s big.”

Wright is in the final year Wright 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.

Last Sunday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post said he believes the Mets will work “vigorously” to sign Wright to an extension this winter.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The good news is that, based on the language used by both sides, there seems to be mutual interest in getting a new agreement hashed out. But it’s also worth noting Wright has made it clear he wants to know what direction things are headed in with the Mets, and considering he didn’t want to discuss a new contract during this season, it’s probably unlikely he would want to discuss a contract next season, especially during his walk year. Based on that, I think the chances of retaining Wright are much higher if they engage with him on a new contract soon after the season ends rather than waiting. But I also worry the Mets will have to make a very strong case to convince Wright (and the fans) they are in fact progressing in the direction all parties are envisioning.