The New York Mets are reportedly ready to offer their homegrown star third baseman David Wright $100M in order to stay with the club. Of course, the Mets would love to keep the two-time gold glove winner at the corner and allow Wright to be a lifetime Metropolitan. Of course, Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins would be thrilled to lock up a position that would include the team’s all-time leader in hits, RBIs, doubles, total bases and runs scored.
The issue remains that this is nothing more than a smokescreen for ownership and management to say to the fans later that they tried to sign Wright and he did not want to sign a $100M contract. Wright is 29 years old and has been a solid third baseman since he came into MLB. Yes, he has had a couple down years, but overall, there are teams out there that would love to have his glove and bat in their everyday lineup.
Alderson should never have come out and leaked the offer to anyone because by doing so, it puts the onus directly on Wright to cave and take less money than he would make elsewhere. Wright is most likely worth upwards of $120m or more to team that does not mind throwing money around. The Mets are not that team anymore.
The Mets have already stated that they will not be spending substantially in the free agent market this off-season, so that leaves all fans to wonder where they will come up with the money to keep Wright and All-Star R.A. Dickey. Mets fans can now begin to wonder why Alderson, if he was so adamant about wanting to keep Wright, did not just keep the money a silent chip for now.
Alderson and the Wilpons should have quietly made the offer to Wright and allowed him the opportunity to make the decision. Instead, they have clearly shown that it is not all about keeping the last thread of a Mets fans hope that they will eventually learn to do the right thing. It is and always has been about making themselves look good and the player the bad guy when it comes to deciding to move on.
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