Alderson will talk to Wright's agent this season
Mets GM reiterates position that he wants third baseman to stay
NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson vowed Tuesday to talk to David Wright's agent at some point this season, though he stopped short of saying he will negotiate or offer Wright a contract extension.
"We can talk about a lot of things that would come up short of an offer," Alderson said. "And I'm not trying to suggest that we're going to make one or not make one, or what have you. I've said we'd like to have David here long term. I stand by that statement. But I just want to make sure the record is clear."
Alderson's comments came in direct response to a recent Wall Street Journal report -- and subsequent speculation -- that the Mets are preparing to offer their star third baseman a long-term contract extension. The Mets hold a $16-million option on Wright's contract for the 2013 season, after which point he can become a free agent for the first time in his career. But Wright has said multiple times that he would like to remain in New York, and Alderson recently stated that he would like to keep his third baseman in Queens.
Wright, 29, has requested not to speak publicly about his contract status this season, citing the fact that he is under team control through 2013. Any extension would likely fall in line with the six-year, $100-million contract the Nationals gave third baseman Ryan Zimmerman this spring.
"We certainly will talk to his agent sometime this season," Alderson said. "I don't want to infer that we will make an offer or we won't make an offer. We expect to talk to his agent this season, certainly."
Wright currently leads the Major Leagues with a .370 batting average and .470 on-base percentage, despite a 1-for-18 skid dating back to May 24. A lifelong Mets fan, he has been in the organization since the Mets selected him 38th overall in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, later buying out his arbitration and free-agent years with a six-year, $55-million contract. That deal included next season's $16-million team option.
Shortstop Jose Reyes signed a similar contract as a young player, held similar stature within the organization and openly expressed his desire to remain in New York last winter, but the Mets never made Reyes an offer when he became a free agent. The Marlins ultimately signed Reyes to a six-year, $106-million contract.