Rather than really looking for new talent for the team in the 2012 offseason, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson has set his sights on brokering a long term contract deal with 3rd baseman David Wright. Wright, who may be a future hall of famer in his own right, would be good to have in the short term for the Mets but a heavily loaded contract on the back end could hurt the team in the in the long run if it prevents them from affording expensive, younger players down the road. Either way, locking down Wright could make the Mets one of the more interesting MLB picks for you going into the 2013 season.
Wright, who was drafted by the Mets in 2001, made his debut for the team in 2004 and has been a staple for the team ever since. He was one of the main reasons the team made it to the playoffs in 2006 and has consistently been one of the best hitters on the team. At 29-years-old is a great commodity for the team, but they may be shooting themselves in the foot if they offer him a contract that rivals that of Washington Nationals third basemen Ryan Zimmerman (6-years/$100 million). While Wright certainly has several good seasons left in the tank, many wonder if GM Sandy Alderson will look ahead and target even younger players that will be able to be the future of the franchise.
Either way, things should be interesting for the franchise in 2013. Having not been in the playoffs in years, fans are hoping they can make a run next year and be relevant in the Nation League East. David Wright will certainly help that cause, but fans need to remember that signing Wright to a long term, lucrative deal may look great today but could end up being detrimental tomorrow. Taking that approach when it comes to one of the teams most popular players, however, is easier said than done.
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