David Wright's contract likely to be completed this week
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mets third baseman David Wright had a physical Monday, though an official announcement of his eight-year, $138-million contract might be delayed a bit longer. General manager Sandy Alderson said the team is waiting for results of Wright's blood work.
Nevertheless, the deal is expected to be complete this week, formally ending weeks of negotiations to keep the franchise player in uniform through 2020.
"I wasn't nervous,'' manager Terry Collins said. "I really felt that David was going to stay. I know he wanted to stay. I knew the organization wanted to keep him, and that's why I thought [it] was a huge step forward to show our fan base that we are looking at the big picture of things.''
Acquiring outfield help remains perhaps the Mets' greatest need. They have made a quality outfielder enough of a priority that they're willing to stretch their budget, even if it means offering backloaded deals and leaning on their projected salary room starting in 2014.
Collins: No contract talks
Even though Collins is entering the final year of his contract, he and the Mets have not had talks about an extension.
"It hasn't been brought up and it certainly is not an issue,'' he said. "Getting this team better is what the issue is.''
When spring training opens, Jenrry Mejia will report as a starter. Jeurys Familia will work as a reliever if he makes the big-league club, but as a starter if he begins the year in the minors. Collins said Matt Harvey will go to camp as part of the rotation. He left open the possibility that top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler will begin the year with the Mets.