David Wright reiterated to reporters Friday that he has had “zero” talks with the Mets about a contract extension.
The Mets have a $16 million option for 2013, but Wright can void it if the team trades him during the season.
“It's hard enough playing this game,” Wright recently told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. “It's a lot harder when you're asked questions every day that you really have no control over. I'm not a free agent. I'm under contract this year and the team has control of me for next year. I have zero options right now. For me it doesn't make sense to continue to discuss something when I have no control over it and the ball is in the front office's court.”
Darryl Strawberry called Wright while the Mets were taking batting practice before their series-opener with San Francisco to congratulate the team’s third baseman on tying his franchise record for RBIs (733).
“It’s a big deal to be able to drive in runs,” Wright said. “I don’t know about the records and things like that. Obviously, Straw was one of my favorite players growing up. It’s well-documented. I tried to emulate his swing.
“Getting to know him as a person, it’s been great for me. And to be classified kind of in that category, it’s been pretty special. But I think those numbers and those personal things, it’s nice to enjoy when you’re done playing because it’s so difficult to pat yourself on the back and at the same time get ready for today’s game.
“I think those numbers would be nice one day to kind of sit back and really enjoy it that way after you’re done playing, you’re seeing what you’re able to accomplish.”
Does the record reinforce that Wright is the face of the franchise?
“I don’t know about that,” he responded. “I think that you can’t drive runs in unless there’s guys out there in scoring position. So obviously the majority of the credit goes to those guys getting on base for me. I’ve been lucky to play throughout my career, whether it’s Jose [Reyes] or now with [Daniel] Murphy and [Ruben] Tejada and [Kirk] Nieuwenhuis and those guys, I’ve been lucky where I’ve had plenty of opportunities to drive runs in. And that’s a credit to those guys, not necessarily me.”
Wright has gotten off to a torrid start in 2012. He’s currently hitting .500 with two home runs and eight RBIs.
“We’re talking about 12 games into the season, so it’s a small sample size,” Wright said. “The most important thing for me and the team is to gain some sort of consistency.”