At least they are talking.
Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon said there’s dialogue between the team and David Wright and R.A. Dickey, then added he’s optimistic about keeping them.
What else is he going to say? “No, I think they’ll both leave.’’ Yeah, that will sell a lot of tickets.
You have to be skeptical whenever any side in a negotiation says something on the record, as much of the time it is posturing and sending a message to the other party. Parties will talk with the media when it is their best interests.
The most interesting thing said was having a preference to letting them play out their options and taking the draft picks rather than orchestrating a trade. That’s the route they chose with Jose Reyes after not even making an offer. This time, numbers have been exchanged.
Draft picks are cheaper than major league players. It also makes one wonder if they don’t believe they’ll get much in return, or would be able to keep the new players.
Reportedly, Wright is seeking a seven-year, $125-million package, while the Mets are offering much less.
How far is the divide? I don’t know, but presumably the Mets are offering roughly $100 million over five, which isn’t bad, but not a superstar deal.
I’m not crazy of deals longer than five years because of the injury factor, so I’d inclined to front load the contract.