NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We’ve seen it before. For many MLB stars, cash talks.
But not for third baseman David Wright, who told the New York Post that the “money issue” probably won’t be “the deciding factor” as he heads into extension talks this offseason with the Mets.
For Wright, the decision over his future could come down to his chances of winning a championship.
“You want to be able to win, and I’ve only experienced a little bit of that here,” he told the Post. “In a perfect world, we get this thing turned around and going in the right direction and ultimately I get to experience the bad, the ugly and the good here, which includes winning.”
Wright is in the final season of a six-year, $55 million deal with New York, which includes a $16 million team option for 2013.
The Mets lost fellow homegrown star Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins in free agency this offseason. In fact, they never even gave the shortstop a formal offer. It seems the team’s approach will be vastly different when it comes to Wright.
The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Mets brass had been “quietly preparing” to offer Wright a long-term extension. Later that month, though he wouldn’t guarantee an offer, general manager Sandy Alderson said he expected to be in contact with Wright’s agent at some point “this year.”
“Coming up through the system, I have a tremendous amount of loyalty to this organization,” said Wright. “I can’t tell you what the future holds, but I’m hoping — optimistic — that something will get done.”
But Wright told the Post there’s a finite time period for those conversations.
“I told these guys we’re not going to discuss it during the season, either this one or next,” he said.
The six-time All-Star is batting .325 with 75 RBIs in one of his best seasons for the third-place Mets (55-60).
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