Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Mets using Wright as a Bourn Recruiter


Wright told The Post yesterday he has spoken with and exchanged texts with free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn in an attempt to lure him to Citi Field.
“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright said after his first early workout at the Mets’ spring training complex.

“I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and I told him, ‘You’re always in the right place at the right time, your work counts,’ ’’ Wright said. “I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game and have always kind of chatted with him when he gets to third base.

“I just feel he’s a hard-nosed player. I wanted to be there to answer any question he might have and let him know that with some of the young arms that we have and the young talent we have, we are not far off.’’

“He’s terrorized us, so I’ve seen first-hand what he is capable of doing,’’ Wright said.

“Those types of guys, speed guys, he’s frustrated the heck out of me by chasing down balls in the outfield,’’ Wright said. “It just seems that he has a nose for the game. He would be a great addition, but obviously there are a few teams interested.

“I’m all-in in this organization, and I’m going to do whatever I can, on the field or in the clubhouse, to try to get this thing going in the direction I think we need to go,’’ said Wright, who signed a $138 million extension this offseason.
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