According to Mike Puma, part of the hold up with the Wright negotiations deals with deferred money:
“According to an industry source with knowledge of the negotiations, deferred money is an issue. So the $119 million-129 million the Mets are willing to pay Wright for seven years (making the deal $135M-$145M counting the 2013 season) beginning in 2014 could translate into significantly less in present-day dollars, depending upon how much is deferred.”
OK so this doesn’t sound good. Unless the Mets are trying to free up money to go out and sign someone this off-season then needing Wright to defer any of his money just reeks of the stench of them not being able to afford the deal. If signing Wright means that they can’t afford the talent to go around him even in 2014 then you have no choice but to trade him. It isn’t about Wright not being a great player, not being a franchise player, not being a superstar, or being in decline. It’s the fact that NO player can single-handedly carry a team. If Ike Davis had came in last year and picked up where he left off in 2011 or if Duda had developed or Murphy hit for any power at all then you could see how the current team could backup Wright and Wright could lead the offense. However, with Duda looking more and more like his inverse… A Dud (sorry Stick) Murphy looking like Castillo without the steals and Ike Davis looking to Mike Jacobs for guidance in the first half last year there are too many questions IF they are still unable to add talent by trade or FA.
I am OK with the Mets wishing and hoping in 2013 and looking to compete in 2014. I said that was the year they were shooting for all along. However, if it comes out that the Mets need Wright to defer money not only in 2013 but 2014 as well then it gives me little to no hope other than rooting for the development of our own players and I can do that with or without Wright.