Yesterday’s developments in the contract negotiations between the Met front office and David Wright’s representatives seemed to kick into high gear. First we learned of the preliminary offer which was said to be in the range of 6 years at 100 million dollars. Most fans cried in horror thinking it was a low ball number – a small contingency of fans just bellowed to trade him. Later on it was leaked that the Mets allegedly raised to offer to 7 years and around 130 million – this time fans cheered expecting the ink to dry on a new contract by midnight last night while other fans grumbled ( yes there is a anti Wright contingent within the ranks of Mets fans).
Later on last night MLBTR.com reported that they spoke to Wright and his representative, Seth Levinson who said that most of the stories that were leaked to the press yesterday were “inaccurate”.
Okay folks let us face the facts if these negotiations were a television show it would be called ” As The Stomach Turns” . During contract negotiations there will always be information leaked. Some information will be true – some will be false , but the fact of the matter is at least both sides are talking and it seems as though talks are gaining speed and progress is being made.
I do not know why either camp acknowledged yesterdays leaked information. Was it a leverage move by Wright’s camp to extract more money from the Mets as some may have suggested – or was this a ploy by Mets management to embarrass Wright into signing because the offer (if it is a real offer) is more than fair and within the market recently set by Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria.
We fans just have to sit back and not get to caught up into these negotiations because if you believe everything you read in the papers or in blogs or on twitter – then your psyche will spiral into madness. Just remember there are 3 sides to every story – The Mets front office side, David Wright and his camp’s side – and the TRUTH !!
And with that said….HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets manager from ’65-’67, Wes Westrum would have been 90 today (1922).
Starting pitcher from the ’02 and ’03 season, Pedro Astacio is 43 (1969).
Middle reliever from the ’04 season, José Parra is 40 (1972).
On this date in 1998, original Mets Chairman Of The Board, M. Donald Grant passed away. Grant held this title from the teams inception in 1962 until is resignation in 1978, and is considered by many as the most hated figure in Mets history because of his spendthrift ways which turned the team into laughing stocks by the late ’70′s with his unwillingness to sign high priced free agents and ordering the trades of some the team’s best players.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Gus Bell to the Milwaukee Braves for outfielder, Frank Thomas on November 28, 1961.Bell would be reacquired by the Mets before the start of the ’62 season.
The Mets drafted outfielder, Amos Otis from the Boston Red Sox on November 28, 1966. Otis would end up one of the premier outfielders in baseball – just not with the Mets.
The New York Mets drafted outfielder, Tommie Reynolds from the Kansas City Athletics on November 28, 1966.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever Juan Castillo and minor league pitcher, Todd Beckerman to the Houston Astros for starting pitcher, Pete Harnisch on November 28, 1994.
The New York Mets purchased the contract of middle reliever, Brian Stokes from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on November 28, 2007.In his two seasons with the Mets, Stokes went a combined 3-4 with an E.R.A of 3.82 with one save.
Mo Vaughn knows how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop – but he’s not telling !!!!