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David Wright Should Retire as a Met

The Mets' uncrowned captain has been downright impressive thus far this season.

As the Mets try to recuperate from their second ninth inning meltdown in the last three days, Monday morning started out with a dose of good news — the Mets are preparing a formal offer to retain David Wright.

Whether you want to or not, it’s very easy to think about how the whole Jose Reyes situation panned out when thinking about Wright’s future in the orange and blue, but the truth is the two situations couldn’t be much different.

Wright, for example, has an option next year, which will automatically disappear if he is traded. Although it’s for a hefty $16 million, the Mets would undoubtedly exercise that option, seeing as he’s returned to the David Wright of old form.

I’m fortunate enough to have been at David Wright’s first game at Shea Stadium. The hype was something to behold. He didn’t exactly get the treatment that Bryce Harper has, but he was a guy everyone thought would be a solid third basemen for many years to come. While he has had his struggles the past couple of seasons, you’re still hard pressed to find many other better third basemen in the game.

When Wright is on his game, as you see early on in 2012, there are few better hitters in the game. We saw early on in his career that he can drive the ball to right center field with authority. Let’s get this straight. While he certainly has the power to hit home runs, he is not a home run hitter. Wright’s best game plan is to work the gaps.

Now, the negotiating must begin. What would you offer to keep David Wright in Queens for the forseable future?

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Dawn Andrew May 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM
He is such a solid player and good person, not to mention a nice role model for the kids which is rare in sports these days. I hope he stays. I have no idea how much $$ would make him stay or what is reasonable. All sports salaries seem grossly inflated to me but it is supply and demand I guess.
Michael Ganci (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Couldn't agree more. Seeing as his option for next season is $16 million, it may take a six or seven-year deal to lock him down.
Steven Nicastro (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM
The Mets should have traded Reyes, Milledge and Martinez when they had the chance. I always though Wright was someone who was un-tradeable, though.
Michael Ganci (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Definitely. Seeing how his option for next year disappears with any trade, that kills his trade value.
Todd Hundley May 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
David Wright is a pro's pro. Ultimate role model, and an ambassador for the NY Mets. It's unfortunate that the organization has bad mouthed him in the press (to which he handled with utmost class), they built a new stadium - but built it in such a way that killed his approach to hitting, by making the power alleys a country mile away, and they've stripped all the talent around him & his protection in the lineup. Through all this, he was positive, played hard (even while injured) and never hung his head and said "why me". Fred & Jeff Coupon need to pony up the funds to keep David Wright. He is the fan favorite, the face of the franchise, and he's the one putting the few people who attend Met games, in the seats. Even if the Mets never reach the playoffs for the rest of his career - he is something the Mets need- a Franchise Player who stays his whole career with them, sets new club records, works in the front office/broadcast booth. Some stability needs to be brought to a team that's run like a circus. David Wright is that stability. He wants to remain a Met (his childhood team), why make it difficult? Pay the Man.
Todd Hundley May 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Also - The Mets have more retired numbers for people who DIDN'T play for them (Stengel,Hodges,Robinson)...Isn't it about time they give the fans what the Cardinals/Yankees/Dodgers etc have? A Lifelong career Met, who will make a case for the HOF when it's all said and done? You're not going to make money by head lining games as "Josh Thole and Reuben Tejada take on NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies". David Wright is that marquee name. When will the out of touch Wilpons realize this?

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