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David Wright has been fairly quiet behind the scenes in his role as a special advisor with the Mets, but he was on hand Monday in San Diego for the start of the MLB Winter Meetings.

Among the topics that Wright discussed was the hiring of his former teammate Carlos Baltran as the team's new manager.

According to Wright, Beltran's outstanding baseball IQ sets him up very well for his new position. 

"Probably one of the smartest baseball men that I have been around," Wright said in San Diego. "His baseball IQ is off the charts. And I think in the latter part of his career he almost became like a player-coach on the field, so I am excited about what he can share with the younger players, certainly because I think every player strives to be a Carlos Beltran type of player, a five-tool guy."

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has cited the bullpen, center field, and the starting rotation as key areas the team needs to address heading into the 2020 season. But could payroll limitations get in the way?

Asked on Monday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. if the Mets would be willing to exceed the $208 million luxury tax for 2020, Van Wagenen bobbed and weaved a bit.

"Our goal is to identify what the acquisition costs are of players and then make recommendations to the ownership group that we think are going to put the team in the best situation to succeed," Van Wagenen explained. "So we will do that. And if the luxury tax threshold becomes something we have to consider, then we will talk about it at that time."

Tags: David Wright, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)

As they build for the 2020 season, the Mets could have a gaping hole in the starting rotation and badly need to improve their team defense. Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon are free agents. Could the Mets be players for them? 

Asked directly about whether the team can add a top flight free agent without reducing payroll, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen danced around the question.

"At this point, we're going to explore all options with the roster," Van Wagenen said on Monday after introducing Carlos Beltran as the team's new manager. "Once we find the right fit, we'll try to make that a reality."

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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After the Mets announed Tuesday that they would be retiring Jerry Koosman's No. 36 during the 2020 season, COO Jeff Wilpon said the team has "a plan to catch up" when it comes to retiring more numbers.

Koosman will become just the third player (along with Tom Seaver's No. 41 and Mike Piazza's No. 31) to have his number retired, and will be the first non-Hall-of-Fame Mets player to receive the honor.

With Koosman's number about to take its place alongside Seaver and Piazza (and Casey Stengel, Gil Hodges, and Jackie Robinson), here are four other Mets who are deserving...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Danny Abriano
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The Mets are now 5.0 games back of the second NL Wild Card spot with six games to play, and while the season has had it's share of highs and lows, the rookie performance of Pete Alonso is right at the top of the list of bright spots.

Alonso enters Tuesday's game against Miami hitting .264 with an NL-best 50 home runs to go along with 115 RBI.

The 24-year-old has quickly ascended into a leadership role with the Mets, so much so that even his manager is putting him among the likes of one of the most respected players to ever suit up for the team.

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The Mets will retire Jerry Koosman's No. 36 during the 2020 season, COO Jeff Wilpon announced on Tuesday at Citi Field, with the exact date of the ceremony to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Koosman joins Tom Seaver (No. 41) and Mike Piazza (No. 31) as the only Mets to have their number retired. The Mets have also retired manager Casey Stengel's No.37, manager Gil Hodges' No. 14, and Jackie Robinson's No. 42 -- as MLB did in unison in 1997. 

Asked whether the retirement of Koosman's number means the Mets will be retiring other numbers in the future, Wilpon said "we have a plan to catch up."

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Mets LHP Steven Matz
Mets LHP Steven Matz

The Mets (81-75, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened Monday, in case you missed it....


Steven Matz allowed six runs and the Mets couldn't dig themselves all the way out of that hole as they lost to the Marlins, 8-4, on Monday night at Citi Field as their playoff hopes faded away almost entirely >> Read more

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A sixth-inning grand slam was unable to spark the Mets back from a six-run deficit Monday as New York fell 8-4 to the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. >> Box score

Seven Takeaways from Monday's game

1) Steven Matz put the Mets in an early hole Sunday night, giving up a solo home run to Jorge Alfaro in the top of the second inning. The early scoring continued on into the third frame when Jon Berti hit a two-out double out to left-center field and Miguel Rojas brought him home with a RBI-single.

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets 1B Pete Alonso's historic rookie campaign continued early during Monday's series-opening game against the Marlins at Citi Field in New York, where he etched his name into the franchise's record book next to former 3B David Wright.

On a 2-1 changeup from Miami LHP Caleb Smith in the bottom of the third inning, Alonso reached down for the low-and-outside pitch, pulling a one-out single to left field and becoming the Mets' single-season leader in total bases.

Alonso's 335 total bases with six-plus games left on the regular season edged Wright's mark of 334, which stood for the past decade and change after the former third baseman set the record in 2008.

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After a two-out strikeout against Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer to end the top of the second inning, Mets C Wilson Ramos wasted no time in getting his revenge.

In fact, he made history.

The next at-bat for Ramos came in the top of the fourth inning with no outs and two runners on base, delivering an RBI double deep down the left-field line.

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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Mets (70-67, 14.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (77-59, 6.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GA for first Wild Card) Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets face the Nationals with both teams sending their aces to the mound, the third time all season. The previous matchups featured wins for the Mets, who came out on top March 28 and May 22. While the pitching matchup brings the buzz, the Mets are also riding the momentum of C Wilson Ramos, whose career-high hitting streak enters the night at 25 games -- the longest active hitting streak in the MLB. Should Ramos extend his streak to 26 games, he would tie former 3B David Wright, who did so from Sept. 17, 2006, to April 19, 2007. On another streak, 1B Pete Alonso has reached base safely in 28 straight games since Aug. 2 and tied a Mets rookie record as a result after Justin Turner did so in 2011. Alonso's is the longest active streak in baseball. While the Mets activated Robinson Cano off the 10-day IL before the game, 2B Joe Panik gets the start.

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Mets legend David Wright, now working in the team's front office in an advisory role, spoke Tuesday about the team's "disappointing" season while also keeping an eye on the potentially bright future that includes Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil

"For me, it's obviously been -- up to this point -- a disappointing season," Wright said while representing the Mets at an event for No Kid Hungry. "There have certainly been some bright spots, but overall, I think when you put together a roster the way Brodie and the front office has, there's I'm sure a lot of blame to go around. And Brodie is taking his fair share."

Noting that the team has dug a hole this season, Wright left open the possibility of a miracle run, but said "there's certainly a lot of room for improvement."

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

After being scratched from the lineup while rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is in Los Angeles Monday to meet with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

Watkins is the same specialist who treated David Wright while he was dealing with his spine issues. 

Nimmo was in New York on Saturday, with manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen updating the situation. 

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Jul 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) tips his cap to fans after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies and his last regular season appearance at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jul 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) tips his cap to fans after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies and his last regular season appearance at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

During the "Shea Anything" podcast taping on Wednesday, colleague Doug Williams reminded me of the most offensive thing that Chase Utley has ever done in public -- and no, it wasn't breaking Ruben Tejada's leg.

Doug noted that, during a WFAN appearance earlier this year, the former Phillies great said "See ya, sweetheart" to caller Cali from Connecticut. This was a truly icky comment, out of step with both contemporary standards and basic decency (Cali was busy telling Utley how "annoying" he was, but you still don't say "sweetheart").

Mets fans do not disparage Utley for the casual misogyny in his vocab, though. They hate him because of one late slide in the playoffs, and a history of aggressive play that they would have loved had Utley been on their side.

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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

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May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; New York Mets former player David Wright walks with the Tiger Woods group during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; New York Mets former player David Wright walks with the Tiger Woods group during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets fans can get rowdy. Even at golf events. 

David Wright, who is serving as the Honorary Ambassador at the PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black on Long Island, was walking the grounds during the first round of the tournament following Tiger Woods' group. And along the way, he heard "Let's go Mets" chants from the Mets faithful. 

New Yorkers don't play around no matter the sporting event, and Wright loved every second of it...

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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two run home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two run home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso has taken the league by storm, won the Rookie of the Month award for April, and is on pace to hit 49 homers. And with the Home Run Derby about two months away, Alonso is all-in.

"I would love to do it," Alonso said Tuesday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "I think that would be fun, a real amazing thing to do, but I haven't heard anything yet. I would be honored to do it for sure."

Alonso added that "you only live once," and that he hopes somebody picks him to participate.

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Mets special advisor David Wright, speaking at the PGA Championship on Monday, talked about the recent meeting involving COO Jeff Wilpon, GM Brodie Van Wagenen, and manager Mickey Callaway, and more. 

On whether the meeting was called for, Wright believed it was. 

"What Brodie has done, he's got his finger on the pulse in there," Wright said. "So if he saw it fit for a meeting I'm sure that that was the right call. I think generally speaking -- this is more from a player's perspective -- you try, you tend to stay away from those but sometimes it's nice to light a fire under your butt a little bit -- give you a nice little kick on the rear to hopefully get you going a little bit. And hopefully that's the case."

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(Orlando Ramirez)

The Mets (17-20, 4.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) squandered numerous scoring opportunities as they lost to the Padres, 3-2, in the final game of a three-game set. They are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Friday night. 

Here's what went down on Wednesday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' loss to the Padres, Wilmer Font got the start and filled in admirably, but Pete Alonso was robbed of a go-ahead homer before two other New York rallies were short-circuited >> Read more

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As someone who was forced to retire from his sport while still an elite athlete due to spine-related injuries, few people in the universe could relate to Tiger Woods' winning the Masters on Sunday quite like David Wright

As such Wright had planned his Sunday afternoon/evening to make sure he was in front of his TV at home in Virginia. 

Only he hadn't planned on the tournament organizers moving tee times up several hours to avoid late-day rain. So as Tiger was teeing off at 9:20 a.m., Wright and his wife, Molly, were getting ready to take their two young daughters to see Paw Patrol Live, a sold-out event the girls had been talking about for weeks. 

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He may not have been at the podium on Thursday, but Mets special advisor David Wright got a pretty noteworthy shoutout from COO Jeff Wilpon when asked what role he played in the Jacob deGrom extension negotiations. 

"Be careful, he's a secret weapon," Wilpon said.

Since he began his new role with the team, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen noted Wright having "a voice in our room on any number of different fronts." And that voice was heard when the Mets and deGrom were trying to hammer out this extension to keep the ace in Flushing for the foreseeable future. 

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Mets great David Wright stopped by the SNY booth during Friday's split squad game against the Cardinals and spoke about his new role with the team and adjusting to life away from the baseball diamond. 

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright speaks to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright speaks to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets great David Wright will be an honorary ambassador of the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this May.

Wright, the seven-time All-Star who played his last game in September and has taken a role in the Mets' front office, will take part in a ceremony before Friday's Mets-Cardinals Grapefruit League game in which Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith will pass the "honorary ambassador torch" to him.

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David Wright may have never won a World Series with the Mets, but he did win an NL pennant and had some successful seasons, so he knows what it takes to win in the majors and that it is sometimes more than just talent on the field. 

That's how Wright felt about the 2015 Mets and he sees some of that in this year's team. 

The former Mets captain, in Port St. Lucie as special advisor to the GM, listened to a team meeting on Monday and spoke with some players afterward about what it takes to win in this league. 

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As one of five men whose number is retired by the Mets, including Jackie Robinson's No. 42, Mike Piazza wouldn't mind seeing the recently retired David Wright's No. 5 joining the crew.

"There's room up there for him, I'm sure," Piazza said Tuesday. "I'm glad I don't make those decisions."

Along with Piazza's No. 31, the Mets have retired Gil Hodges' No. 14, Casey Stengel's No. 37 and Tom Seaver's No. 41.

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When Robinson Cano got down to Port St. Lucie, he saw his new locker in the clubhouse with his new orange and blue threads. But it isn't just any locker Cano was given. 

It was David Wright's locker.

Wright won't be in the clubhouse this season, but instead, will serve as a special assistant in the Mets' front office. So the Mets thought giving Cano, one of the fresh faces in the building, his empty locker, and Cano realizes how much of an honor it is.

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David Wright likes what he sees when it comes to the Mets' new-and-improved roster. 

The former third baseman, who is now a special assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen, does not believe the lineup will struggle to score runs as it did last season. 

"Our lineup is certainly stronger and deeper than it was last year," he said on Friday. 

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David Wright sees some of himself in Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The former Mets third baseman, who is now a special assistant to the GM and COO Jeff Wilpon, compared Van Wagenen's engine to that of his as a player. 

"I always wanted to outwork the competition and I feel like Brodie is similar in that aspect," Wright told SNY's Chris Williamson on Friday during a surprise visit to speak with the NYIT baseball and softball teams. 

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) smiles as he finishes batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) smiles as he finishes batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen making roster depth moves over the weekend, it looked as if he was done making the big splashes this offseason. 

But that was before news broke that the Mets and former 3B David Wright reached a contract restructure after he moved into the role of special advisor to Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon on Monday.

According to The Post's Ken Davidoff, the Mets won't be paying Wright's $15 million salary in 2019. Instead, they will pay him $9 million over the course of the year, with a lump sum of $4 million coming on Thursday and the rest of the money dispersed throughout the season.

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

David Wright will continue to have an impact with the Mets. 

The former Mets third baseman, who played his last game in September, will remain with the club as special assistant to COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, the team announced on Monday.  

Wright, 36, had expressed interest in remaining with the organization in a front office type of role after announcing he was physically unable to continue playing in September. 

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As we're in the middle of the holiday season, the Mets are looking to see if their Christmas list will be fulfilled with the MLB offseason in full swing. But we have the perfect gift for you: GIFs!

You can use these from Spring Training all the way through the 2019 season.

Check them out below!

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen touched on a bunch of topics during his talk with reporters on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Here are the takeaways...

The Mets had meeting Tuesday afternoon about adding a right-handed hitting outfielder

Van Wagenen would not say who the meeting was with, but the Mets -- as he noted last week -- have interest in free agent center fielder A.J. Pollock. A potential outfield target came off the board earlier Tuesday when the Phillies signed Andrew McCutchen to a three-year deal. 

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has invited David Wright to the Winter Meetings, where he is participating in things such as roster discussions, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

Martino, who reported in September that Wright could be a prominent member of the Mets' front office in 2019, noted that Wright does not have an official front office title at this time.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said last week that the team was currently working on a potential injury settlement with Wright.

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Mets fans were looking for a sign of genuine hope on Tuesday, the most significant wasn't the donning of the jerseys by Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, but rather the stars in Jeff Wilpon's eyes when he spoke admiringly of his new GM, Brodie Van Wagenen.

Suffice it to say there could be a direct correlation to a higher payroll for 2019.

"Brodie's got his fingers in on everything right now," Wilpon said to reporters at Citi Field. "I haven't seen anybody with this much drive and determination in a long time."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

During another media session at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, CA, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen touched on many of his current players, including 3B David Wright

Wright still holds a spot on the 40-man roster, but his role with the team next season is still up in the air. Van Wagenen said he has been talking with Wright "regularly," and hopes they can discuss what that new role might be down the road.

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) fields a ground ball against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) fields a ground ball against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets 3B David Wright tipped his cap to the Citi Field faithful and walked off the field back in September. However, for those who are contemplating their future in the game, windows of opportunity can arise elsewhere. 

One of the most popular is a job as an analyst for game broadcasts or national shows. ESPN was ready to bring in Wright as one of their postseason analysts, sending an invitation his way. But the 35-year-old declined their offer, according to The Post's Andrew Marchand.

Along with Wright, current Cubs manager Joe Maddon was also offered the same gig, but he respectively declined as well.

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While watching Mets fans shower David Wright with love and thunderous ovations this past Saturday night at Citi Field, Jacob deGrom wondered if something like that at Citi Field could be in store for him in the future. 

"It's rare that happens anymore that guys spend their whole career with one team, and it shows you how special it is," deGrom said Sunday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "Definitely you think, 'What if this could be me?' however many years down the road."

DeGrom, who is under contract through the 2020 season, said multiple times this past season that he is open to a long-term contract extension with the Mets...

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The response to and emotions shown to David Wright Saturday after his likely final game with the Mets was a rare occurrence in sports, let alone for the Mets. 

Since they have Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Jacob deGrom and others, the Mets will not be without leadership next season just because Wright is gone. The fact is, despite his reputation always hovering above the team, any physical leadership he provided the past few years was done mostly from afar.

That said, despite three other players having the potential to be the next homegrown player that achieves great things, makes us proud and does it only ever wearing a Mets uniform, only one guy has the necessary tools needed to be like Wright...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets 3B David Wright joined the SNY broadcast booth after playing in Saturday's game against the Marlins.

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Sept. 29, 2018: David Wright looks to the sky after the National Anthem and before the final game of his career. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
Sept. 29, 2018: David Wright looks to the sky after the National Anthem and before the final game of his career. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

David Wright bounced up the steps in the moments after Saturday's game and with three simple words summed up the 17-year relationship between himself and his fans.

"This is love," he said, surrounded by about 44,000 friends, a lot of whom were holding back tears.

The night was supposed to be about us honoring Wright. It turned out to be just as much about our love and appreciation for him as it was about his love and appreciation for us and the countless people connected that helped him create a life he so cherishes.

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The only time I've cried about baseball as an adult was on a Saturday night earlier this month. A few days before, David Wright had sobbed through a news conference announcing that he was medically unable to play baseball. After a busy week, I finally had a few minutes to tell my wife about it.

She remembered me coming home from Shea Stadium in May of 2008, after my first assignment as an intern in the sports department at the New York Daily News. There were some tough old veterans on that Mets team, from Pedro Martinez to Carlos Delgado, and my stomach churned through the whole experience.

After the game, Adam Rubin, the beat writer for the News, introduced me to Wright. I was 27, Wright was 25, and he reminded me of a friend's amiable little brother. "Oh you're at the Daily News! Congratulations!" he said. He had an excitable manner that made him sound at times like he was chirping.

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

David Wright Night at Citi Field on Saturday night was incredible.

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David Wright started at third base in front of a sellout crowd and the Mets went on to win in walk-off fashion on Saturday night.

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Mets captain David Wright took to the field after Saturday night's game to address the crowd that had flocked to a sold out Citi Field to support him. 

"This is love," Wright said. "I can't say anything else. This is love. ... You guys welcomed me with open arms as a 21-year-old kid."

"I love you guys. I love you," Wright continued, talking about the "pretty good times" and "rough years" they had together and adding that "the best I can do is just say thank you from the bottom of my heart for accepting me."

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the Mets won on a walk-off hit on Saturday night, Mets 3B David Wright returned to the field and thanked the fans for their support over the years.

"I was thinking about what to say today and I think I'm all out of tears, so I think we're good to go with that," he said. "But this is love. I can't say anything else. This is love."

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In front of a sellout crowd, David Wright returned to the Mets lineup and received a lot of love from the Citi Field faithful before Austin Jackson delivered a walk-off double in the 13th inning to lead the Mets to a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Saturday night.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Ahead of his first start since May 27, 2016, Wright sat behind home plate and caught the ceremonial first pitch from his daughter, Olivia Shea Wright. Soon after, he emerged from the dugout to take the field, alone, to loud cheers from the packed crowd. The captain walked in his first plate appearance and fouled out down the first base line his second time up. He also fielded a ground ball at third and threw out the runner.

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the fans after being removed during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the fans after being removed during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

David Wright left the Mets' game on Saturday night at Citi Field in the top of the fifth inning. 

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After taking his position at third base to begin the top of the fifth inning on Saturday night at Citi Field, Mets captain David Wright was taken out by manager Mickey Callaway. 

Once Callaway made the move, Wright began a slow walk from third base to near the pitchers mound, as tears welled up in his eyes. Wright waved to the crowd and made his way off the infield, before greeting his teammates who were all standing outside the dugout waiting to embrace him.

The sold out crowd at Citi Field roared throughout, until Wright left the field. He came back out for a brief curtain call before again leaving the field -- likely for the last time ever -- and entering the clubhouse...

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David Wright's daughter, Olivia Shea, threw out the first pitch to her father before Saturday night's game at Citi Field.

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It's not always easy being a Mets fan, but David Wright was the fans' firewall and a legend.     

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