So far this season, David Wright has been the biggest player for the New York Mets. This is the final year on his contract, except he also has a team option for next year. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the New York Mets will extend David Wright before the end of next year. So why should they rush and do the extension now? They shouldn’t as there is no need to do so.
One argument people make for extending him now is so we get it done quick and can put the captain “C” on his chest. I don’t put much stock into officially naming a captain, because what does it do? Only thing I think it does is add a “C” to the chest of his uniform. If they are meant to be captain, they’ll show it without the “C” on his chest, and it won’t bug him if he doesn’t have it added. That perfectly explains David Wright. He is definitely the captain on this team, and the leader on this team. He doesn’t have the official captain title, yet it’s very well known that he’s the captain anyways. He doesn’t care about it. So I don’t see why we should rush the extension just to give David Wright an official title that he already has without it being stitched on his chest.
Another argument is that they don’t want what happened with Jose Reyes to happen with David Wright. However, there’s some major differences in the situations. David Wright is the captain, without the “C”, on this team, which is something that could never be said about Reyes. Wright has been the face of this franchise for years when Reyes never was. Wright gives his all every single play of every single game, including playing through injuries others wouldn’t play through, when Reyes didn’t. Another major difference is that it’s clear David Wright wants to remain with this team, while it was never really all that clear to me that Reyes did. The team doesn’t have to deal with the lawsuit anymore either, so that won’t stop them from extending Wright. Wright will also do contract talk during the season, which Reyes refused to do. So these are two totally different situations here.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that David Wright will wear a New York Mets uniform the rest of his playing career. I even think he’ll be wearing a Mets uniform to manage this team one day. However, we don’t need to rush into extending him. We have the rest of this season and all of next season before he’ll be a free agent. The Mets and Wright will work out a deal that works for both him and them and is fair to both sides.