While the New York Mets have been busy this winter, one man who has been relatively quiet has been third baseman David Wright. After inking an eight year, 138 million dollar extension with the club last winter, Wright essentially became the face of the franchise. While Wright offered to pitch free agents on the merits of joining the Mets earlier in the winter, his thoughts have not been revealed on the team's new additions this winter. Wright, who has been busy since he got married last month, spoke out and told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin that he expects the team to be significantly better in 2014.
Wright did not go so far as to predict the Mets would pass either the Atlanta Braves or Washington Nationals in the standings, but was pleased with the team's improvements. Wright told Rubin,
"I do think when we take the field Opening Day this year we will substantially be better than when we took the field last year. I'm not sure how many wins that correlates into. Only going out there and playing the game will tell. But there's no question in my mind that I love the moves we've made."
Wright also admitted that while he would have liked to see the team add more players over the course of the winter, he understood GM Sandy Alderson's meticulous approach to free agency. Wright seems to have bought in to Alderson's program to rebuild the franchise, otherwise he could've hit the free agent market this winter instead of signing an extension last winter.
Mets fans can only hope that Wright is correct about the team improving substantially in 2014. Even though the Mets upgraded their roster with free agent acquisitions Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, and Bartolo Colon, the team will be without ace Matt Harvey for the entire 2014 season. The Mets are better on paper, but it remains to be seen if this team can push for a playoff berth as currently constructed. The Mets haven't made the playoffs in seven years, and have only made one trip to the postseason in Wright's ten year career. The future is certainly bright, but the Mets and their fans are hoping Wright is correct about substantial improvements so they don't have to spend an eighth fall in a row without playoff baseball.
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