David Wright thumbs-up on Mets' acquisitions of Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - David Wright is mindful that the Mets' offseason has not been as dramatically, positively life-changing as his own, and he is fine with that. He, after all, got married.
The captain does believe his ballclub has done well for itself, too. In each case, tomorrow looks better than yesterday did.
He said at a charity fundraiser near his hometown Friday night that he is pleased with the additions that general manager Sandy Alderson has made, notably Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon. What's more, Alderson and Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, who both attended the event, said the Mets are not finished.
Alderson would not discuss individual players, but when he was asked if shortstop Stephen Drew still is on his radar, he said, "All remaining free agents are on our radar."
Wilpon added: "I approve of what Sandy said. How's that? Sandy and his staff have done a good job. And there probably will be a couple more things that might happen between now and the end of the offseason."
That is the sort of outlook that appealed to Wright when he rejected the chance to leave as a free agent and probably receive more money last offseason. He sees the Mets as a family with a future, and he is proud of the fact that attendance was good from teammates, management and staff in California last month for his wedding to longtime girlfriend Molly Beers.
"I think Sandy will be the first one to tell you that there is room for improvement," Wright said. "With the additions that we've made, there is no question that on Opening Day this year, we will be a better team than we were on Opening Day last year."
"That's obviously a tremendous stride. What Sandy is building is not a shortsighted, one-and-done type of year, where you go all in for one year. It's going to be better than that. It's going to be an extended period of time when we're a playoff-caliber team, and this is the first step in that direction."
Wright said he has known and admired Granderson for a long time and sent him a good-luck text even before he knew the Mets were pursuing him. He learned that the two live directly across the street from each other in Manhattan; they just didn't cross paths during the season because they had "opposite schedules."
As for Colon, Wright said: "He has been one of the best pitchers in the game the last two years. He's a workhorse, he's an innings-eater and he's a competitor."
"If you just watch him on TV, you know the offense is in for a long day. He's aggressive and he's going to come at you. He pitches with a confidence that you don't see much."
Yes, the Yankees made a bigger splash, as they always have during Wright's career as a Met. So be it. "From the very beginning, I wanted to help this franchise turn around, I want to be one of the building blocks in helping us get back to the playoffs," he said. "Has it been an easy road? Of course not. We've taken some lumps and have had some rough seasons. But at the end of the day, I'm exactly where I wanted to be."