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Nobody can deny that David Wright is having an incredible season so far. His hitting has been incredible and his fielding has improved.
In addition, Wright, who has been a Met since 2004, is undoubtedly the Mets' leader in the clubhouse as well.
But Wright is in the last year of his contract, and what to do next with him is tricky.
The argument to keep him is pretty simple. As Matthew Cerrone from metsblog.com explains:
Wright has been a loyal soldier on and off the field for this franchise during a time when they needed it most; he’s a good guy; he doesn’t get in to trouble; he’s a leader; fans and his teammates look up to him; and—oh, by the way, following two rough seasons—he’s playing incredibly well on field and in the batter’s box.
Wright is one of those special players that everyone around the league wishes they could have. In addition, losing Wright would likely hurt the Mets' already low attendance rate .
However, there is also an argument in not resigning him. As Cerrone and many others point out, it is always risky giving a large contract to someone over 30 years old. It is just too hard to predict what they will be able to accomplish in their 30s.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson has not mentioned anything relating to trading Wright at the trade deadline, so it seems like they're serious about keeping Wright. However, to avoid any future drama, they should name David Wright captain some time this season.
That's right—Wright has earned a C on his jersey. If the Mets are that serious about keeping him, they will do this.
(If they are not serious about keeping him, they should not wait until the offseason. His stock will never be higher than it currently is. But hopefully Mets fans don't need to think about that.)
David Wright should be named captain soon, which would all but guarantee him a well-deserved extension.