New York Mets
The Mets offered David Wright a six-year, $100 million extension Monday, on top of the $16 million owed in 2013, according to Fox's Ken Rosenthal. The offer technically matches the extension the Rays gave to Evan Longoria. The offer is expected to be rejected by Wright's reps.
Jeff Wilpon floated last week that Wright and R.A. Dickey could return next season, despite being in the final year of contracts. Wilpon asserted that was preferable to trades this offseason. Writes Rosenthal on that subject:
A trade of Wright would create the possibility that the team’s homegrown star could appear in the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field wearing another club’s uniform. To avoid such a scenario, the Mets could keep both Wright and Dickey into next season, continue trying to sign them to extensions and then -- if the talks failed -- trade them after the All-Star Game but before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
Such a strategy, however, would further depress the trade values of both players; teams are less willing to trade elite prospects because of a new rule that prevents them from receiving a high draft pick if they acquire a potential free agent in the middle of a season and he then signs with another club.