In the midst of a fourth straight losing season, the New York Mets have two stories developing as the end of the 2012 regular season quickly approaches.
The first story is R.A. Dickey's march toward the National League Cy Young award. The second story is David Wright's contract situation.
Wright has been firm on his stance to not to even begin negotiating until after the season.
As Jon Heyman reports, Wright does not want to talk about a contract during next season either but is "extremely optimistic" that a deal will get done.
Although the Mets hold a $16 million option on Wright for 2013, the story gets interesting if the Mets do not lock him up long-term this winter.
Heyman makes a lot of valid points as to why the Mets should sign Wright long-term, and it is difficult to argue against that stance. Hopefully a deal gets done and Wright stays in a Mets uniform.
As many know though, anything can happen because this is the New York Mets that we are talking about.
Envisioning David Wright as anything but a Met is difficult, but if his option is the only thing picked up, it may be time to think of his other possible landing spots, as teams will be calling for his services next season.
Here are five teams that could be making a call for Wright's services next July if the Mets do not sign him to a new long-term contract.
**Note: Teams are ordered from least likely to most likely to acquire Wright