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As first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Mets are ready to offer third baseman David Wright a multi-year extension in the neighborhood of $100 million in an attempt to keep their franchise player in Flushing for the rest of his career.
Wright, 30, has often been compared to Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, 28, who signed a six-year, $100 million extension before the 2012 season (h/t Washington Post).
But is that enough to keep the face of the franchise around?
Back in June, when Wright was putting forth a MVP-caliber season, among the league leaders in batting average and RBI, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal opined that Wright would be looking for something closer to the extensions that were given to the Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitizki, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp and the Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto—a deal in the neighborhood of eight-years and $150 million.
While Wright has consistently said that he is optimistic about working out a long-term deal with the Mets, what if the two sides can't agree on a deal (h/t CBS Sports)?
The Mets would certainly exercise the $16 million team option that they have on his contract for the 2013 season, but they would have to explore trade possibilities, a fact that general manager Sandy Alderson reluctantly admitted to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin:
There's a preferred time frame from a baseball standpoint. As you get further into the off-season with the uncertainty of the contract situation, then you do have to start thinking about other possibilities (trades). That's not something we're contemplating right now, but there's that inevitability.
Alderson doesn't believe that the team needs a major overhaul, telling Rubin: I'm not prepared to blow up the team and start over again. I don't think we need to do that."
But should an extension not happen, there's a deal to be made, as Wright will not lack for suitors.
Here's the deal:
The Mets trade 3B David Wright to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks trade RF Justin Upton and RHP Trevor Bauer to the Mets.
Wright gives the Diamondbacks get the third baseman they've been searching for since the days of Matt Williams and a middle-of-the-order bat to replace Upton.
In Upton, the Mets get the power-hitting outfielder they desperately need, someone who is still young (25), has limitless potential and is under contract through the 2015 season.
Bauer, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, seems to be on the wrong side of Diamondbacks' managing partner Ken Kendrick, as the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports:
Bauer gives the Mets another young pitcher who is under team control for the foreseeable future and has front-of-the-rotation stuff to join Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler in what could be one of the most impressive young rotations in baseball.
Of course, there is one question left to be answered—who plays third base for the Mets in 2013?
The Mets could look to shift second baseman Daniel Muphy over to the hot corner, bringing in an inexpensive veteran to man second base on a one-year deal, such as Jeff Keppinger, Ryan Theriot, or Adam Kennedy.