|Mets have to make the Wright Move|
David Wright told Mike Puma in the Post he's "optimistic" he will remain a Met long term. But, Wright added -- which consistently has been the case -- that it's ultimately about the opportunity to win. Wright said he won't negotiate during next season either. So essentially he signs an extension this offseason, or he's headed to free agency after the 2013 season, at which point the Mets really will be competing for his services.
“You want to be able to win, and I’ve only experienced a little bit of that here,” Wright told Puma. “In a perfect world, we get this thing turned around and going in the right direction and ultimately I get to experience the bad, the ugly and the good here, which includes winning. ... We’ve taken a baby step in the right direction and I still think there’s a long way to go before you can say that we’ve kind of turned that corner where I think that we will. ... Coming up through the system, I have a tremendous amount of loyalty to this organization. I can’t tell you what the future holds, but I’m hoping -- optimistic -- that something will get done.”
R.A. Dickey, like Wright, is under team control for 2013 through an option. The Mets have a $5 million team option for next season on Dickey. “Nothing with respect to 2013 rides on what we do with those two players,” Sandy Alderson told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger, while adding: “Their situations will be at the top of our list. But if we have to exercise options, we have to exercise options.”
Dickey, who has 15 wins, opposes Reds right-hander Mike Leake on Wednesday. The knuckleballer is bidding to become the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990, but Benjamin Hoffman in the Times finds another statistic more interesting:
With 166 strikeouts through 24 games, Dickey is tied for the National League lead and is on pace to finish with 234. The pitcher he is currently tied with, Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals, is expected to have his innings limited as the season moves into its final month, making Dickey’s path to the strikeout crown even simpler. (The major league leader, Justin Verlander of Detroit, has 174 strikeouts.)
Citi Field looks like it will have a neighboring sports venue. Frederic U. Dicker in the Post reports Major League Soccer is finalizing a deal for a 25,000-seat stadium to be built at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, adjacent to the Mets' stadium. An expansion team will be placed there.
Tim Byrdak on Twitter said the surgery to repair the torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder is set for Sept. 5. He revealed he also will have torn meniscus cartilage fixed in his right knee. Byrdak had that procedure performed on his other knee during spring training. With Josh Edgin the lone lefty currently in the bullpen, C.J. Nitkowski and/or Robert Carson could receive a promotion from Triple-A Buffalo.
Ike Davis is hitting .303 (10-for-33) in August. "My last month and a half, two months, I'm starting to play like I used to a little bit," Davis told Roderick Boone in Newsday. "It's nice. I wouldn't say that I'm steaming hot right now. But I definitely feel more comfortable. I have a better approach than I did. I have a little more of an idea what I can do with balls. I'm just trying to have good at-bats, see the ball and get a pitch that I can handle."