9:34 am Nov. 14, 2012
It's not quite time to celebrate. But the news, broken late last night by Foxsports.com's Ken Rosenthal, that the New York Mets and David Wright have exchanged contract offers is as significant in what it rules out as what it signifies about Wright's ultimate destination.
The Mets, trying to lock up their franchise player, have offered third baseman David Wright a contract extension, according to major league sources.
Wright’s agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, responded by sending the team a counter-offer, sources said.
Representatives from both sides declined comment, and the details of the proposals are not known.
What does this mean, exactly? Well, for one thing, it means the Mets are more serious about trying to sign Wright than they ever were about signing Jose Reyes.
Even if their offer is a token one, it is an offer to stay with the team long-term. Wright is under team control through the end of next year, meaning the team couldn't simply wait for someone else to bid on Wright; no one else has the right to do so. And making an offer, even one meant as an opener, at least implies some seriousness.
It's also significant that Wright's agents made that reported counteroffer. Remember, there was no guarantee that Wright would want to stay with a team that won 74 games in 2012, and has acknowledged its inability to improve the roster significantly this winter. So there is, at least theoretically, a price that the Mets can agree to that would keep their most important and popular player in New York.
This quasi-development comes as R.A. Dickey waits to find out if he is the Cy Young Award winner in the National League (he should be), and is scheduled to appear on Mets Hot Stove, a program covering winter activities on SNY. It would be the perfect forum for the Mets to announce an extension for Dickey, which, along with the progress of the Wright negotiations, would actually give Mets fans a reason to be more hopeful than they've been for a while.
The reporting on this by Rosenthal and others suggests it is likelier to be a way for Mets fans to say goodbye to Dickey.
Perhaps Wright and Dickey can gather jointly on SNY tonight, and give Mets fans the kind of good news that has been missing for years now. Really, it would be more like the absence of bad news—the team wouldn't be losing its two best players.
But the way things have been going, that would really be something.
Elsewhere in New York sports:
After a single season in Miami, Jose Reyes is now a Toronto Blue Jay, along with most of his Marlins teammates.
Despite what was clearly their worst performance of the season, the Knicks beat the Orlando Magic, 99-89.
The Nets followed their expected preseason script perfectly in a 114-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers; great offense, just enough defense.
St. John's has a simple formula for victory, and they utilized it against University of Detroit in a 77-74 win: D'Angelo Harrison's offense, and Chris Obekpa's shot-blocking.