The good news is, the New York Mets say they want to keep their two All-Stars well beyond this season. Now they just have to make sure those players want to be kept.
During a question-and-answer session before the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday, general manager Sandy Alderson told season-ticket holders he expected to see All-Stars David Wright and R.A. Dickey stay with the Mets for the long-term. Alderson pointed out he was picturing a future even beyond next year. The club holds 2013 options on both players.
That’s a good start for the Mets, who let Jose Reyes walk without so much as a formal offer last season. But both Wright and Dickey were non-committal when hearing Alderson’s proclamation, saying they appreciated the sentiment, but also pointing out there would be several factors in their decision.
A big one: playing on a winning team. That’s something the Mets haven’t been since 2008.
Dickey said he would remain loyal to a degree to the team that gave him the opportunity for his 16-win breakout season and to the fan base that has embraced him. But at 37, he pointed out, “I want to win, too, because of the place I am at the place I am at in my career.”
The knuckleballer said he’d also like to know the direction the team was headed.
As for Wright, long considered the face of the franchise, he smiled and offered a polite response.
“That’s nice of him, thank you,” Wright said when told of Alderson’s remarks.
Told Dickey had said the chance to win would be a factor in his decision, Wright said that would also be one of his considerations.
“I haven’t really thought about it too much, but of course, it’s every player’s goal to win, and I don’t think I’m any different in that aspect of it,” Wright said. “I think that you want to experience winning, I think it’s just in our nature, it’s definitely in my nature. So that’s definitely a big factor in it. I think once the season gets over, I’ll sit down with the people who are important to me and discuss what means the most to me, find out what factors are going to be important to me, and kind of go from there.”
Wright emphasized that he was in team control next season with the option, so “the ball’s in their court.” But, he added, “Of course, I’d like to hear kind of the plan moving forward.
via The Sports Xchange