However, based on what I'm hearing, Wright's camp is thinking seven years and at least $130 million guaranteed, while the Mets are thinking more like six years and around $110 million. Frankly, that's close enough to make me confident they'll eventually find a compromise.
If Wright was on the open market, I'd be worried. But, because I truly believe he's going to start next season on the Mets with or without a new deal - and because people say he really wants to retire here - and because the Mets need him - and because no other team can make him an offer right now - and because he knows he ended last year in a massive slump and next year could break his value as a free agent - I trust these two sides will eventually come together.
When? I don't know. But, I don't expect this to be negotiated in public. Instead, I expect to read statements that kick this story down the road, taking it deeper in to the off season than most fans are probably comfortable with. This will inevitably fuel skepticism. But, my hope is that one day this winter, out of no place, someone will report a deal is done and that will be that.
R.A. Dickey, on the other hand, is a totally different story... more on that later.