Winter Meeting Update: David Wright a Met-for-life, Dickey, Olivo

On day three of the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville, the New York Mets held a formal news conference to announce the signing of all-star third baseman, David Wright.  In case you were unaware, Wright and the Mets agreed to a 8-year $138 million extension, the largest contract in franchise history.  During the presser, Wright told reporters he is very happy to be a Met-for-life, saying:

“I can honestly say I’ve never pictured myself in a different uniform. It wouldn’t mean as much winning somewhere else as it would, obviously, winning here. I grew up watching Cal Ripken Jr., playing against Chipper Jones for these number of years, being across town from Derek Jeter. I think there’s something to be said for that. And I’m very proud of that — to be able to be drafted at 18 by this organization, groomed, developed, make your big league debut with your favorite team growing up, having the opportunity for my friends and family to almost start bleeding blue and orange. It was a no-brainer for me. And it was very important to be able to finish what I started.”

Yesterday, General Manager Sandy Alderson and Mets manager Terry Collins said they will speak to the team during spring training about officially naming Wright as the clubs ‘captain.’ Wright would be the teams first captain since John Franco assuming his teammates are O.K. with the idea.  This afternoon, however, Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said David is already a captain:

“I think David’s already the captain. It doesn’t need somebody to say, ‘You’re the captain.’ The best way to have leadership, and what David has shown, is leadership without having to have a ‘C’ on his chest or somebody name him captain. I think what Terry and Sandy and I have talked about is if the players come in spring and say, ‘Hey, listen, we really want David to be the captain, and be named the captain,’ then I’m sure Terry will bring that back and we’ll do something like that. But for right now, to me, David’s the captain. He’s the longest-tenured and he commands the respect in the clubhouse.”

Here is some more from the Mets COO, from those who were there:

Jeff Wilpon said that due to the extra Wild Card spot, he thinks the Mets will compete for the playoffs this coming season.
Andrew Keh

Jeff Wilpon says firmly: “The payroll is going to go up next year” and talks about “flexibility” after contracts come off books in 2014
Jayson Stark

Jeff Wilpon had the best take I’ve heard on making David Wright the Mets captain. Who doesn’t know he’s already the team’s leader?
Andy McCullough

Before signing, David Wright was concerned the Wilpons would sell the team: Jeff Wilpon replied, “We’re not going anywhere.”
Andrew Keh

In addition, Wilpon told reporters he has no problem bringing R.A. Dickey back next year on his $5 million option, calling the reigning Cy-Young winner a “great bargain.”

“It’s a negotiation. They want more than we’re willing to give right now. We want to do it for less than they want to accept right now. Somewhere in between, there’s probably a deal to be done. If not, he’ll be a great bargain at $5 million playing out next season for us.”

Once again the hot topic was trade rumors surrounding R.A. Dickey.  Here are some tweets from Nashville:

Believe #Royals won’t hesitate to trade Myers for Shields. Probably would require more than Myers. How much more is the debate.
Bob Dutton

Mets unsatisfied w overall trade offers 4 Dickey, but have at least 1 very strong offer. Other source: “Sandy wants to sign him.” Confused?
Andy Martino

I still say watch out for Rangers on Dickey, and not bc of his own preferences. If Olt can play OF that’s exactly type of player #Mets need.
Anthony DiComo

Olt is young, expendable, local kid, good makeup, plenty of power. If he’s not a “difference-maker,” I don’t know who is.
Anthony DiComo

Rival agent couldn’t believe Mets just can’t get Dickey done for 2 years, $26M or so on top of existing season and move to other things.
Adam Rubin

In the end, Andy McCullough hit the nail on the head with this tweet:

I’ve been writing the same Dickey story for a month. He wants Jake Peavy money. Mets don’t want to pay that. Trade is possible. Carry on.
Andy McCullough

While a trade involving Dickey or Jon Niese is possible, one person who is not going anywhere, is top prospect, Zack Wheeler:

One Mets official said everyone is asking for Zack Wheeler in trades with #Mets — even for platoon-type catchers. That ain’t happening.
Adam Rubin

In other news, Sandy Alderson said the Mets do not expect to select a player during tomorrows Rule 5 draft, according to Rubin:

Sandy Alderson suggested Mets probably wouldn’t take anyone in Rule 5 draft, and they may just leave Nashville with David Wright.
Adam Rubin

While it seems the Mets are willing to eat some cash on Johan Santana‘s contract, no teams are taking the bait:

Even though Mets would be willing to eat some money they have had no inquiries on Johan Santana to this point.
Nick Cafardo

Though there is clearly a need for a catcher, according to Kevin Burkhardt, the club is not thrilled with any of the available Free Agents:

#Mets prefer to get catcher via trade. Not thrilled w any FA. Have discussed Olivo, even Torrealba although that is highly doubtful.
Kevin Burkhardt

However, Adam Rubin reports Miguel Olivo tops the Mets free-agent catcher list, writing:

 “If the Mets go the free-agent route at catcher, Miguel Olivo is now their top target, a major league source briefed on the Mets’ plans told  The Mets need a righty-hitting complement to Josh Thole. Among free agents, the Mets rate Olivo far higher than alternatives Chris Snyder and Matt Treanor. And team officials are determined not to revisit any of the former Mets on the market, including Kelly Shoppach, Rod Barajas and former farmhand Jesus Flores.  The Mets may still swing a trade for a catcher, but there was nothing concrete developing on that front.”

Lastly, according to Ken Rosethal:

Source: #Mets don’t want to go two years on S. Hairston, considering other options. Catcher could come back for Dickey or in another deal.
Ken Rosenthal




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