NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It seems the Mets have shifted their contract talks with David Wright from neutral to drive.
The team has made an offer to the All-Star third baseman, which was met with a counter-offer, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Terms were unknown, Rosenthal reported. But it’s a good sign for Mets fans who want their face of the franchise to remain in Queens.
Less than two weeks ago, the New York Post described negotiations as “stuck in neutral.”
Wright is slated to earn $16 million in 2013, though the Mets hope that number doesn’t hold. General manager Sandy Alderson has said his top offseason priority is locking up Wright and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who could be traded if a deal can’t be reached.
The Dickey talks “are not as advanced as those with Wright,” Rosenthal reported.
“It’s to go through the process with Sandy and the baseball department, try and get both of them signed. That’s what we’re doing. It doesn’t mean Sandy’s not exploring other things, which is just a back-up at this point,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News. “He’s doing both at the same time. I think we can multi-task pretty good with the brains we have in the front office and the amount of people working on it.”
Wright averaged .306 with 93 RBIs and 41 doubles in 2012. Dickey pitched himself into Cy Young Award contention this past season with 20 wins and a National League-best 230 strikeouts.
The Mets never made a formal offer last offseason to Jose Reyes, who ultimately signed a six-year deal with the Marlins. He was traded to Toronto on Tuesday as part of a stunning salary purge in Miami.
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