Can Mets build winner around Wright?

Updated: November 30, 2012, 1:33 PM ET
By Buster Olney

The winter meetings haven't started yet, but baseball's winter market is already buzzing, with news breaking all over the place: Folks in the industry expected David Wright to take the New York Mets' offer and he did, as Adam Rubin writes.

The risk of leaving a $100-million-plus offer behind is just too great, at a time when Wright would have been a year from free agency. And without a big-time show of power, Wright was always going to be worth markedly more to the Mets than to any other team, because of his connection with the franchise; he is to the Mets what Derek Jeter has been to the Yankees.

The signing of B.J. Upton demonstrated, again, that teams will pay significantly for power -- and Wright has been more of a high-average hitter, with 35 homers over the last two seasons.