The New York Mets are looking to make a long term deal with third baseman David Wright, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The offer is expected to come later this year, perhaps by this summer, according to one baseball official.
The Mets hold a $16 million option on Wright for the 2013 season, so there's no immediate rush to get a deal done. The team would reportedly consider a trade in the offseason if no agreement comes by next winter, but general manager Sandy Alderson was adamant that Wright would remain a Met well into the foreseeable future.
"I certainly do not foresee, under any circumstances, David being a topic of discussion at the trade deadline," Alderson said.
The Mets lost Jose Reyes last offseason and would rather not let go of another star. Thankfully, money doesn't appear to be as large a concern as it was for Reyes, and Wright's timetable is much more manageable. Wright currently lead the National League in batting average (.400) and on-base percentage (.489).