NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mets fans woke up Thursday to positive news regarding David Wright’s extension talks.
It was a totally different story in Friday morning’s papers.
Negotiations between Wright and the Mets are “stuck in neutral,” according to the New York Post. The rest of the club’s plans are on hold until the All-Star third baseman is locked up long-term, the Post reported, adding there’s “a real possibility” he’ll be traded if a deal can’t be reached by the end of baseball’s winter meetings in early Dec.
But wait — there’s more.
According to Newsday, general manager Sandy Alderson “likely will follow last winter’s free-agent blueprint” and “rummage for bargains” with limited room left in the budget. The Mets are expected to shop for needs at catcher, outfield and bullpen this offseason.
The Mets picked up next season’s options on Wright and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey earlier this week.
Wright is slated to earn $16 million in 2013, though the Mets hope that number doesn’t hold. Alderson has said his top offseason priority is locking up Wright and Dickey, whose option is worth $5 million.
On Thursday, the Daily News reported that discussions between the Mets and Wright were expected “to accelerate immediately.”
As for Dickey?
He’s in talks with the team, according to multiple reports. But there’s a “genuine possibility” the 38-year-old will be traded if the sides are unable to reach agreement, the Daily News reported.
Dickey pitched himself into Cy Young Award contention this past season with 20 wins and a National League-best 230 strikeouts.
Wright, who will turn 30 on Dec. 20, is the Mets’ face of the franchise and all-time hits leader. He averaged .306 with 93 RBIs and 41 doubles in 2012.
Mets fans — what would you do if Dickey and Wright are both shipped out? Let us know in the comments below…