The New York Mets have exercised the 2013 option for third baseman David Wright, and now the team plans on "intensifying negotiations" on contract extension with the veteran slugger, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:
Now that the Mets have exercised David Wright’s 2013 club option, the team and its signature player plan to intensify negotiations, discussing years and dollars as soon as this week, according to a person briefed on the process.
The Mets exercised Wright’s $16 million option for 2013 yesterday. New York is determined to conduct contract negotiations with Wright in private, according to Martino, in hopes of avoiding leaks that could "complicate efforts." General manager Sandy Alderson has made it clear that he is aiming for a quick resolution to the situation.
Martino notes that the Mets have "committed" to pursuing an extension with Wright, but it is to be determined if the 30-year-old will want to remain in New York long-term.
Wright, who turns 30 in December, was able to rebound from a disappointing 2011 campaign to hit .306/.391/.492 with 41 doubles and 21 home runs over 581 at-bats in 2012. He’s hit .301/.381/.506 over nine seasons with the Mets.