11:27 am Oct. 29, 2012
A hopeful column in the New York Post this weekend described negotiations between the New York Mets and David Wright as "ongoing", and established a baseline for what many outside the organization believe it will take to get Wright signed.
The columnist, Joel Sherman, didn't find anyone who didn't think the Mets would keep Wright.
The Mets are doing their best to limit information from escaping about ongoing negotiations. But I have spoken to more than 10 officials outside the organization in the past few days and every one of them thinks the Mets will end up extending Wright—and sooner rather than later because it will give them a base from which to move forward both this offseason and into the future.
So none of the sources Sherman called had likely fielded any calls about dealing Wright from the Mets, and the terms most people Sherman talked to believed it would take--seven years, $127 million, plus Wright's $16 million 2013 option for a total of eight years, $143 million--aren't far from the eight years, $160 million Adam Rubin and others have speculated Wright would get next offseason via free agency.
The reason for caution (beyond the fact that baseball officials likely felt similarly, especially once the Mets kept Jose Reyes through the July 2011 trade deadline) is that those same sources suggested an urgency to resigning Wright, the same urgency described by Mets general manager Sandy Alderson earlier this month. The World Series ended Sunday night; the free agency period has officially begun. The Mets get to decide this week about picking up Wright's option, and that of R.A. Dickey, so there's not the rush there would be if both were about to hit free agency.
It is worth remembering Jon Heyman's report from earlier this month, though, that the Mets would look to trade them both if they weren't signed to extensions by the time the Mets picked up their options. If that is still the internal clock, time is running very short.
The team now has many other decisions to make, while 29 other teams begin to fill holes. If common ground existed between the Mets and Wright or Dickey, it certainly would have made sense to find it during October. But as of October 25, the two sides hadn't discussed years or money, according to the Daily News.
If Wright and Dickey are reluctant to sign on with the Mets, given their financial restraints, or if those restraints (or caution) keep the Mets from offering market value to either, the trade rumors will almost certainly start heating up shortly.
As one baseball official who spoke to Sherman said of that possibility: “If they can’t sign their best player after letting Jose Reyes go, what are they telling their fans? They might be damning themselves to bad crowds and bad press for quite a while.”
Elsewhere in New York sports:
The team should learn this week whether Rafael Soriano will opt out of his contract for 2013.
Thanks to the storm, the Knicks won't practice on Monday.
Marcus Camby still hopes to play in the season opener Thursday in Brooklyn, but hasn't gotten onto the practice floor yet.
Chris Copeland, however, will be on the team.
Against the Dallas Cowboys: first they blew a 23-0 lead, then came back to lead 29-24, then held on when a touchdown was waived off by the slimmest of margins.
The Jets are now 3-5, after a listless 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Arguably the best shooting guard in basketball last season, James Harden, joined the Houston Rockets in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday. Jeremy Lin now has his backcourt partner for years to come, the Rockets hope.
With Saturday's 3-0 win over the Phildelphia Union, the Red Bulls clinched a first-round bye in the M.L.S. playoffs. They'll begin a home-and-home with D.C. United Saturday night at 8 p.m. at Red Bull Arena.