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Mets and David Wright begin contract talks, briefly
General manager Sandy Alderson wasted little time in his efforts to keep David Wright in a Mets uniform, telling WFAN radio on Thursday afternoon that he has spoken briefly with the player's representatives less than a day after sharing his plans to move quickly on contract talks.
"We intend to try to move on this quickly," Alderson said during an interview with Mike Francesa. "It doesn't mean we'll get it finalized or resolved one way or the other as quickly as we would like, but we're going to move on it quickly."
Alderson and Wright had already engaged in informal conversations, though the general manager stopped short of calling them negotiations. Before Wednesday's season-ending victory over the Marlins, Alderson was straightforward about starting contract talks quickly.
"How long does (this) game last?" Alderson said, when asked about his timeline for retaining Wright.
The Mets will likely exercise a $16 million option on Wright for the 2013 season, though the third baseman refused to engage in long-term contract talks until the offseason. The Mets may also be motivated to move quickly. If Wright isn't locked up early in the winter, the Mets may be forced to explore trading away the six-time All-Star before he walks as a free agent following the 2013 season.
Wright, who turns 30 in December, hit .306 with 21 homers in 156 games for the Mets. His production followed the arc of the team, tailing off in the second half after a strong start to the season. The career Met has set several lifetime club records, including Ed Kranepool's franchise record for most hits. Wright's 1,426 hits eclipsed Kranepool's mark, which had stood since 1979.
Wright is represented by agents Sam and Seth Levinson, whose ACES agency also counts the suspended Melky Cabrera as a client. The agency is reportedly under investigation by Major League Baseball for potential links to performance-enhancing drugs.
Earlier this week, CBSSports.com reported that Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino left the firm, prompting questions about whether others will follow. Even after Victorino's defection, Wright maintained his public stance. He intends to stick with his longtime agents, who in 2006 negotiated a six-year, $55 million extension on Wright's behalf.
"I've seen the way they've represented me," Wright said. "I've seen the way they've represented their clients. Everything I've see has been nothing but integrity. They've done a heck of a job for me, so it's a no brainer."