Mets’ Alderson: No Plans To Trade David Wright

DALLAS (WFAN/AP) — Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is hardly shocked that Jose Reyes is leaving.

The All-Star shortstop is headed to the Miami Marlins without ever receiving a formal offer from the team he originally signed with at 16 years old. But New York has no plans to give up another homegrown star, third baseman David Wright.

“Rightly or wrongly, I never felt that his situation was tied to Jose’s,” Alderson said Monday, hours after Reyes agreed to a $106 million, six-year contract with the Marlins. “So the fact that Jose may have departed doesn’t mean to me that a call’s necessary to say hey, you’re still here, or you’re not going anywhere. I never assumed that there was going to be any change in his status at all.”

Listen: Alderson talks Reyes, Wright and future of the Mets with WFAN’s Mike Francesa

Wright and Reyes have been tied together since the third baseman made his debut in 2004. Now he’ll be without Reyes as a teammate for the first time in his professional career.

“It’s tough to know with us coming up together and playing in New York as long as we have that one of those pieces is going to be missing going into next year,” Wright said, according to the New York Post.

“Obviously the formula we’ve had the last few years has not worked out. Is it fair to point the fingers at Jose and say that’s the reason? Of course not. When he’s healthy, he’s been one of the few bright spots we’ve had.”

The Mets had originally scheduled a conference call Monday night with Wright that was later canceled. But there apparently is no intention of trading the five-time All-Star right now.

Wright, going into the final season of a six-year deal that includes a club option for 2013, missed more than two months last season because of a stress fracture in his back.

We’ve just reconfigured our fences. … It certainly could have a short-term impact on somebody like David. It’d be a little bit inconsistent for us to make those changes on one hand and then turn around and trade one of the two or three people that might benefit most from those changes,” Alderson said. “Plus, David has been, not just an excellent player for the Mets, but also a very loyal spokesperson for the franchise.”

“I think all of those things are taken into account,” he added.

Reyes was the NL batting champion last season. And while it seems the financially constrained Mets, plagued by losses from the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, never had much of a chance to retain the speedy switch-hitter, there was a brief glimmer of hope last week after some initially positive feedback from his representatives.

“The window I think opened in this last week, but it closed very abruptly. … I really think on Friday what we had generally proposed had some appeal, and by Saturday it was blown past that,” Alderson said. “It didn’t succeed, and we move on from here.”

That means going forward without the four-time All-Star at shortstop, answering questions about the future of Wright, and hoping that a healthy Johan Santana can contribute on the mound again after missing last season following shoulder surgery.

All that under the backdrop of three consecutive losing seasons, five years without a playoff berth and dwindling attendance.

The Mets went 77-85 last season. Attendance at Citi Field dropped to 2.35 million, down about 7 percent from 2010 and their lowest since 2004, when they played at Shea Stadium.

One pub and restaurant in New York on Monday was offering Mets fans an opportunity to exchange their No. 7 Reyes jerseys for a free beer to drown their sorrows, champagne to celebrate his departure or a free appetizer if they don’t drink. The exchanged jerseys will be donated to clothing drives.

Alderson anticipates the Mets’ payroll to be around $100 million, which he said gives them $20-$25 million in additional spending flexibility without Reyes. That includes money earmarked for outfielder Angel Pagan and starter Mike Pelfrey in arbitration.

“Going into 2012, if we get everybody back healthy, we could have a pretty good team, presuming we do some things here and later between now and spring training,” Alderson said. “So I’m certainly not going to apologize for what I think we may be able to do in 2012.

“I don’t believe that the Jose Reyes situation or anything with the reduction in our payroll has anything to do with these external issues like Madoff,” he said. “It has to do with the fundamentals of the franchise and what it means to be making money, breaking even, losing a little or losing a terrific amount. We need to get back to the point where it’s closer to break-even.”

Mets manager Terry Collins has said Reyes is somebody that he would pay to see play, and was hopeful that the shortstop wouldn’t leave.

“I knew what he was going through. We had enough discussions in the last week to know that he was going to have a lot of things on his mind,” Collins said. “He’s one of my best players, so I’m disappointed I don’t have him. But I’m not surprised.”

Collins sent Reyes a text Monday morning wishing him luck, along with another message.

“I told him 18 times this summer I’m going to be rooting against him,” Collins said. “He just said thank you and he had a great time, and he said I’ll see you in the spring.”

Should the Mets consider trading Wright? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Kurt Spitzner

    By the way,won’t Wright staying now with the fences in make his value rise to the point they cannot keep him either after the season as that and the fact hes “healthy” AND playing for a contract do not bode well either.Get something for him now!

  • Kurt Spitzner

    And once again,please trade Wright,bay,and Santana for whatever and lower ticket prices and those at the concessions so the real fans can come back and watch the hungrier guys play like back when I was a kid!

  • Kurt Spitzner

    Alderson wasn’t shocked because he knew it all along,but what I object to is him and the others leading us to believe that there was a chance when in actuality there never was! I for one do not appreciate being lied to!

  • Bryan

    More importantly is leadership. Now that Reyes is gone it is time for David Wright to step up as the team leader. I feel, maybe in some ways, that Wright and Reyes kind of co-lead the team. Nobody has ever really stepped forth and tried to lead. (except that one time with Billy Wagner and he got blasted for trying to do so) Will the real David Wright please stand up!

    • Willow

      David wright always has been the leader of the Mets even when he was new…not something you give o a rookie but he more than stepped up. The real David Wright has been there all along except when he was hurt…how about a little HELP from the high paid so-called all stars?

      • Bryan

        Fair enough Willow. I’ve always seen him as the face of the franchise. (more so than Jose) David is my favourite player on that team. I agree the other higher-paid “talent” needs to back him up and follow his lead. I would like to see the Mets get away from signing these high priced free agents and use their farm system more. And it seems to be the way they’re going. (Thank God)

  • Kleetis MacAnurney

    Just a couple of facts that affect this issue: [1] The Mets don’t have the cash to pay the big money that Reyes demanded. [2] Reyes has shown that his legs are questionable. He lost a significant amount of time over the last couple of seasons as a result. He’s not getting younger and more downtime will be likely. He probably would not be a good long-term investment.

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  • john

    At this point, does it really matter? Those who would dare to rationalize the loss of reyes often point to letting the “kids play.” Explain how that is helpfull when the management will let them walk after they win a batting title in the prime of their career. Trading wright would at least get us more than the draft picks we are due when he leaves as a free agent. Incidentally, if I’d have told any met fan that we would lose straw,doc,kid and mex without more than a draft pick in return most wouldve called me nuts. This is nothing new

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