For the first time in arguably three seasons, David Wright is playing like a franchise player again. Whether it was the power draught of 2009 (just 10 HR, .447 SLG), wondrous wiffing of 2010 (161 K’s, 10.4% SwStr%, 76.6% Contract%), cracked back of 2011 (.254/.345/.427 line in just 447 PA’s), and generally poor defense in each of those three seasons (-12.2 UZR/150, -9.5 UZR/150, and -16.4 UZR/150, respectively), Wright simply had not been playing to the caliber of his 2005-to-2008-self.
But perhaps finally feeling at home in Citi Field, David Wright is back, baby. So far in 2012, the 29 year-old has posted a fantastic .323/.415/.533 line with 16 HR, 75 RBI, 70 R, and 12 SB in 487 pain-free PA’s. In addition, the Norfolk-native is fielding like the Gold Glover he once was (but never truly deserved to be), gloving to the tune of a 9.3 UZR/150. With just one year remaining on the $55 million contract he signed in 2007, it’s pretty obvious the Mets want and need to extend the man.
However, merely extending David Wright won’t be as simple as it sounds. According his interview with Mike Puma, it appears as though handing the homegrown hero a blank check won’t cut it: Continue reading