Mets 3B Wright not worried about trade offers
David Wright understands why the New York Mets are open to
listening to trade offers.
After the Mets finished their third straight losing season,
general manager Sandy Alderson said he couldn’t be certain any
player would be back next year but he expected Wright would remain
with the Mets.
”If he feels like this move could benefit the team in the long
run, you at least have to listen. So I see both sides of it,”
Wright said Wednesday as the Mets announced plans to mark their
50th anniversary next year.
A five-time All-Star third baseman who has spent his entire
professional career with the Mets, Wright hit a career-low .254
with 14 homers and 61 RBIs this year. He was sidelined from mid-May
to July 22 because of a stress fracture in his lower back.
Wright has a ”gut feeling” he will be back, but said it’s
because he’s optimistic.
”If the Mets feel like they can get what they want in return
and it would help the organization moving forward, then, obviously,
they would have to listen,” Wright said.
In an interview with the New Yorker published in May, owner Fred
Wilpon said of Wright: ”A really good kid. A very good player. Not
Wright, who turns 29 next month, is owed $15 million this year
in the final season of a six-year deal that guaranteed him $53.5
million. The contract includes a $16 million club option for 2013
with a $1 million buyout, but not a no-trade provision.
”Could it happen? Of course,” Wright said. ”Am I thinking
that it’s going to happen? I guess, no.”
Wright has not spoken with Alderson since the end of the season.
He has been paying attention to shortstop Jose Reyes, who became a
free agent after a dozen years in the Mets’ organization.
”Hopefully the organization values him the way I value him. I
think he’s one of the premier players in baseball,” Wright said.
”What he brings to the team is more than just what you see on the
field. Obviously, he’s become almost like a brother to me over the
years. It seems like we’ve been together forever, so it would be
weird seeing him in a different uniform, but at the end of the day,
he’s earned that right to test the market.”
With the Mets ownership having been sued by the trustee seeking
to recover money for the victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi
scheme, the team is planning to reduce payroll for 2012.
”There have been issues we are addressing but we are excited
about the 50th anniversary,” Mets executive vice president David
Howard said. ”The Mets fan and the Mets franchise is known for
resiliency and loyalty and dedication, and those are the things we
look forward to celebrating this season. So there are better days
ahead for this team and this franchise.”
Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez were traded during the
2011 season and now Reyes seems set to leave. Wright understands
all the salary that came off the payroll may not be
”You can’t just go out there and start handing out these big,
long crazy contracts because that’s kind of what got us into a
little bit of trouble,”’ he said, while also making it clear he
longs for success with the Mets. ”You want to be remembered as a
winner, and right now, that’s not the case because we haven’t won
Wright, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda modeled the Mets’ uniforms for
next year, which have a special anniversary patch and slight
changes, such as the elimination of the black drop shadow. The
black caps have been dropped, and the pinstripe uniform will become
the one that’s primarily used at home.
The Mets are reinstituting banner day and will have bobblehead
giveaways honoring Tom Seaver and other past players. Six people
who have been season-ticket holders since 1962 were presented
jerseys with the number ”50,” which won’t be used this
Wright said not to read too much into his presence at the
”They asked me to do this before the season ended. I wouldn’t
weigh that too heavily,” he said.
Notes: INF-OF Nick Evans refused an outright assignment to the
minor leagues and elected to become a free agent. … Wright had
not yet looked at the construction under way to bring in and lower
Citi Field outfield fences. ”I’ll mosey on out there at some
point,” he said. ”Now you’ve got to go out there and produce and
show them that that was the best move.” He didn’t think the change
in dimensions was aimed at increasing his production to get more
value in a trade. ”That’s going through a heck of a process.
That’s a crazy conspiracy theory, I guess, if that’s the case. I
don’t think I’m all that important.”