David Wright On WFAN: Like A Lot Of Mets Fans, I’m ‘Pretty Impatient’
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NEW YORK (WFAN) – There is still plenty of time for the Mets to improve this offseason, but players are quickly starting to fall off the board.
Day by day, teams are signing and trading for players, but the Mets have made just one major-league signing thus far, agreeing to terms with outfielder Chris Young on a one-year, $7.25 million deal.
With New York reportedly only having $25-30 million — before factoring in Young’s deal — to spend this winter, and general manager Sandy Alderson saying that he’s not inclined to hand out a $100 million contract, Mets fans are getting awfully impatient.
Third baseman David Wright is with you.
“Me, probably like a lot of Mets fans, are pretty impatient,” the face of the franchise told WFAN host Mike Francesa on Monday. ”I think Sandy’s probably tired of hearing from me, just checking in and seeing if there’s anything I can do. Obviously, for us, the offseason has started out somewhat slow. We signed Chris Young, but I think things start heating up come the Winter Meetings.”
The Winter Meetings will take place from Dec. 9-12, but the fan base isn’t overly optimistic coming off five losing seasons. It also doesn’t help that the front office doesn’t appear to be willing to shell out big bucks for the top-tier free agents on the market.
“We discussed this winter as being the time where we can spend some money, where we get flexible, where we can make some moves to get going in the direction that we need to be going,” Wright, a seven-time All-Star, told Francesa. “This is New York. We need to put a winning product out on the field. There’s no question about that … You go out there for one reason, and that is to compete and win.”
Though many experts are predicting that the Amazins will fall short yet again in their pursuit of impact players, New York’s captain still believes that Alderson will come through and back up his talk.
“I’m expecting us to field a much better team next year than we have in years past,” Wright said. “There are expectations. Now does that mean that there’s certain dollar signs that I want to spend? Of course not … But we’ve proven that we haven’t been able to get it done these last few years, so obviously some upgrades are needed … 100 percent I’m expecting us to make this a better team.”
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