Bonus notes and thoughts from our MLB on FOX broadcast of the Diamondbacks-Mets game on Saturday. I’m guessing the Mets will sign third baseman David Wright to a contract extension, in part because ownership will fear losing credibility if it allows the face of the franchise to depart. Mets chairman Fred Wilpon needs to A) prove he still is capable of spending money and B) appease a fan base that finds it difficult to accept that a New York team ranks 14th in payroll, below Miami, below Milwaukee, below Minnesota. Know what, though? Considering the large number of teams dealing with uncertainty at third base, the Mets should not automatically dismiss the idea of trading Wright. A deal in July would appear unlikely; Wright, if moved, can void his $16 million option for 2013 and become a free agent at the end of the season. While his new club could sign him to an extension, perhaps even as a condition of the trade, the possibility that he only would be a two-month rental almost certainly would diminish his trade value. The more realistic scenario, if the Mets do not extend Wright this summer, will be for the team to exercise… Read full this story
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