The New York Mets could begin formal contract talks with third baseman David Wright as early as next week. This according to the New York Daily News on Saturday.
Wright has one year left on his contract, which includes a $16 million club option for 2013. And while the Mets would like to keep a long-term deal in the range of $100 million, it’s believed he could command a six- or seven-year deal worth $120 million or more.
The 29-year-old batted .306/.391/.492 with 21 home runs, 93 RBI and an .883 OPS in 156 games in 2012. No doubt making him a valuable asset.
He also set the franchise record after his 1,419th hit in a 6-0 win against the Pirates at Citi Field back in September that eliminated the Pirates from playoff contention.
Wright came into the game tied with former first baseman/outfielder Ed Kranepool with 1,418 hits, and went 2-for-4 to give himself 1,420 hits for his career.
Nevertheless, the question here is. Are the Mets a better team with Wright?
It appears we may find out the answer next week, if indeed the Mets pony up the dough to keep Wright in Queens.