NEW YORK -- Mets third baseman David Wright knew he wasn’t going to discuss or negotiate a contract extension with the team during the season before the 2012 campaign began.
“I made the decision before the year even started,” Wright said Saturday. “We kinda stuck to that and like I said, the last few days it’s been much to do about nothing. I felt like it’s just time to let it be known so that there aren’t any more questions and other guys aren’t being bothered by it either.”
Wright let his decision be known to the media on Friday. The Mets hold a $16 million team option for the third baseman in 2013.
“We addressed it right now and that’s kinda it, so everyone’s on the same page, and we kinda let the front office know (Friday) or the day before as well so that everybody’s on the same page and we can focus on baseball and that’s it,” Wright said.
“It’s just not necessary. As I said, I think with the good vibes that are going on right now and the good surrounding this club, I just feel somewhat selfish to be talking about myself, talking about me when we should be talking about we.”
The 29-year-old signed a six-year, $55 million extension with the Mets in August of 2006.
“It was very difficult to go out there and play the game knowing in the back of your mind that your representatives are meeting with the team,” Wright said.
Wright said it’s an experience he learned from -- and something he didn’t want to go through again.
“I feel like the offseason is a much better time where we can sit down and figure something out rather than in the middle of the season,” Wright said. “It’s about winning and like I said it’s about winning now and in the future. It’s important that we keep the momentum that we have now and (not) talking about individual things like contracts.”
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he planned to talk to Wright's agents during the season, although he didn't specifically say an offer would be made. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said the team will let it play out and "there's no gun to anybody's head," meaning there's no rush to complete a deal.
Wright, who is hitting .369 with six home runs and 32 RBIs, wants to be able to help the Mets become a contender.
"I've said it once, said it a million times, I love it here," Wright said. "I want to be a big reason why we get this thing turned around and headed in the right direction and, of course, I want to be a part of it. Those discussions, we'll wait into the offseason when we can kind of delve into that headfirst and not have to worry about Adam Wainwright's curveball and what's going on behind doors with the contract talk."