Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will look at third baseman David Wright.
2012 Stats: 156 Games, 581 At Bats, .306 Batting Average, 21 Home Runs, 93 RBI's, 178 Hits, 41 Doubles, 91 Runs Scored, 15 Stolen Bases, .883 OPS (.391 On Base Percentage/ .492 Slugging Percentage)
2012 Story: Following the departure of Jose Reyes, David Wright entered the 2012 season as the longest tenured player on the Mets. Wright was expected to be the man on a young team and hopefully recapture his form after a few injury plagued years. Wright was able to do just that in a stellar first half. Wright spent the offseason focusing on a return to his roots, namely hitting the ball the other way. Wright came up as one of the best opposite field hitters in the bigs, and when he started to abandon that focus his overall results started to suffer. Wright displayed a renewed commitment to opposite field hitting and it paid off big time. Wright was the best third baseman in baseball for the first half of the year, and his strong start earned him another All Star Appearance as well as keeping the Mets in the thick of the National League East race. Wright tailed off a bit in the second half as the protection around him struggled mightily, causing teams to pitch around the Mets' best hitter. While Wright did not finish 2012 on a high note, he was able to rebound from a lost 2011 season to establish himself as the face of the franchise.
Contract Status: Under Contract Through 2013 (16 Million Dollar Club Option Picked up 10/30)
Odds of Returning: 90 Percent
2013 Role: Starting Third Baseman/Team Leader
All offseason plans for the New York Mets are centered around signing David Wright to a long term extension. Figuring out Wright's future with the team is critical for the team's rebuilding plans as they will need to know whether or not Wright will be around or not. Both Wright and the Mets have expressed interest in figuring out a long term extension, and General Manager Sandy Alderson has stated that signing Wright (and to a lesser extent R.A. Dickey) to long term contracts is the club's top priority. The Mets are also believed to value Wright as a potential franchise ambassador after his career ends, which is especially important considering the advancing age of Tom Seaver. With all that said, it will come down to whether or not Fred Wilpon opens up his checkbook to pay Wright as a franchise player. If the team's financial troubles are truly behind them, as ownership wants the media and fans to believe, signing Wright to an extension won't be an issue. If the Wilpons decide he is not worth the investment, expect David Wright trade rumors to begin swirling around next month. Trading David Wright is a problem in itself because if the deal is not a no brainer the fans may revolt and avoid Citi Field in droves. That is the last thing the Wilpons need as Citi Field prepares to host the All Star Game next season, so the smart money is on Wright and the team figuring out a long term deal by New Year's.
Check back tomorrow for Met's 101 final player review of the season, starting pitcher Chris Young!
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