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Sandy Alderson says David Wright’s future will not be tied to team performance

Feb 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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Last year we were bombarded with stories focused on the future of Jose Reyes, but now it’s David Wright‘s turn.

There’s already been plenty of speculation about a possible trade over the past few months, but Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson told Adam Rubin of in Port St. Lucie this morning that as opposed to Carlos Beltran‘s situation last year, Wright’s future with the club will not be tied to the team’s performance on the field.

“I think that his future is independent of club performance,” Alderson said. “There are certain decisions that one takes that are a function of where a team is at a particular time and so forth. But if there’s anybody on the team whose performance and future is independent of the club’s performance, I think it’s David’s. … I think it was presumed going into the [2011] season that depending on what we did and how well Carlos performed and given the fact he was in the last year of his contract that he might be traded at the deadline. David’s case is little bit different. No. 1, there isn’t that presumption. No. 2, he has an option for next year. So I think his situation is somewhat different.”

Wright, 29, is owed $15 million this season while his contract includes a $16 million club option for 2013 or a $1 million buyout.

While we can disagree about whether dealing the face of the franchise is the right move, odds are the Mets would get more in return if they wait until next offseason. Wright has the ability to void the option year if he is traded this season while the new collective bargaining agreement stipulates that the acquiring team would not be able to offer him arbitration as a free agent. However, if the Mets pick up the option year and trade him next offseason, the acquiring team would be able to offer him arbitration since he would spend the full season with his new club.

Of course, the Giants acquired Beltran from the Mets for top prospect right-hander Zack Wheeler last July with the knowledge that they wouldn’t be able to offer him arbitration, so it’s hard to predict what offers could come from a team in contention. Especially if the variable of a second wild card is added this season.

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Go Yanks! Get him!

    • deadeyedesign23 - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      I was under the impression the Yankees filled their quota for expensive, oft injured third basemen.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:19 PM

        Yes, but the Feesh have not….

      • deadeyedesign23 - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        Hah that is true. They did fill their quota of third basemen who don;t want to play third base.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    This seems to have Los Angeles Angels written all over it, right?!

    They can apparently afford every player ever and the one glaring need right now seems to be a legit 3B.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Sandy Alderson says the continued expansion of the universe will not be determined by the quantity of dark matter it contains.

  4. loge23 - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    …and in a related move, Jeff Wilpon was seen taking grounders at PSL yesterday.
    This is getting soooo old, and Sandy – you’re just embarrassing yourself at this point.

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