The Mets plan to quickly begin serious contract extension talks with David Wright, according to people with knowledge of the situation, in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the unsuccessful negotiations to retain Jose Reyes a year ago.
Reyes' contract talks dragged on until the winter meetings last year, ending with him joining the Miami Marlins. But with Wright, the Mets seek a quick resolution.
The Mets are expected to initiate talks by offering a $100- million deal, in line with the six-year extension signed by Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is widely regarded as the closest comparable player to Wright.
Mets decision-makers have made no secret about their desire to work quickly. Last month, team COO Jeff Wilpon called retaining Wright the team's top offseason priority. Last week, general manager Sandy Alderson said he has had brief talks with Wright's agents.
A person with knowledge of the situation didn't rule out a deal before the start of the World Series, though that projection appears to be on the more optimistic side.
The Mets also may be compelled to move quickly in case an arrangement can't be reached. In that case, the Mets likely would explore trading Wright, whom the team could control for one more year through a $16-million club option.