Wright told the Mets he didn't want to negotiate during this season, at least delaying their hope to make him a Met for life, and he said in an interview this weekend that that goes for next season, as well. That leaves this winter as the time to get it done.
Based on the surprisingly flattering words he had about the second-division-dwelling Mets, it's up to the team. There are no excuses.
For his part, Wright is "extremely optimistic" regarding a new contract with the Mets, as he told Heyman that he’s "really enjoyed" his time with the club. Wright continued to say that he doesn’t have a "single complaint" from his time with New York. He believes the team has gone "above and beyond" for him, noting that there is a "tremendous amount of mutual respect" between himself and the Mets.
Over nine seasons with the Mets, Wright owns a career line of .301/.382/.507. New York holds a $16 million team option for the 2013 season, including a $1 million buyout. Wright is then eligible to hit the free agent market following the 2013 campaign.
Should the Mets sign Wright to a long-term deal?