Will David Wright Be Jose Reyes’d Out of New York?
Added by Eddie Utley on May 7, 2012.
David Wright has stepped up his game this season. Now it's time for the Mets to pony up and give their guy a contract extension.
There is still no contract extension for David Wright. The Mets third baseman went to see his high school coach this winter and it seems to be working as his performance has been excellent. He seems to be back to the way he was when he first came up, instead of those long looping swings and standing far off the plate.
While it is early in the season, Wright is carrying an OBP near .500 and batting average close to .400. He’s hitting line drives all over the field, and looks more like the guy from the winning Mets teams, the guy who was in MVP conversations.
David Wright is basically Mr. Met at this point, without the huge head.
Wright now leads the Mets in all-time RBI’s and, while that is not a very big achievement when you look at other teams, having it only take 700+ RBI is. He leads in other categories as well. He’s been the face of the franchise since he was called up from the minors.
When he was injured earlier this year, the Mets made it sound like Wright was wimping out of coming back and playing by saying he can play as long as he can tolerate the pain. Sound familiar? The Mets did this crap with Reyes. He was legitimately hurt and if he went on the DL it would have been fine, but they made it seem like he should only be out for a game or two and come back. To Wright’s credit, he came back and hit a homerun.
Wright used to feel like he had to carry the whole team and you could see him trying to hit five run homers. Now, he’s not getting much to hit, but he’s carrying his weight and others are helping. It’s not just David Wright anymore in this lineup and, if the other big guys start hitting, then this team has some wins in them.
The guy has shown characteristics that you would want in a leader or team captain, and now it’s truly his team. No more older guys who he deferred to, no more Jose Reyes. It’s David Wright’s team, and it’s about time to extend his contract and not make the same mistakes of the past with letting players reach free agency. He could have possibly been signed for less if you signed him off a bad year, but now he’s definitely in line for a Ryan Zimmerman type contract or more. Don’t let him get away without even an offer…hint hint.