Wright dishes on Mets’ offseason plans
In today’s Mets notebook, I talked to David Wright about his thoughts on the upcoming offseason. Here are Wright’s comments in full:
MLB.com: What do you expect out of this offseason?
DW: “We need to improve. Whether that’s through free agency or whether that’s through trades, I don’t think there’s any question that we need to get better. And that’s not just all on free agents and trades. It’s also on the players who are coming back next year to continue to improve, because there’s only so much you can do in those aspects of the game, at least in my opinion. The potential for extended success is to build from within, and we’re on our way to doing that. But I don’t think there’s any question whether it’s trades or free agents, that we have to try to make this team better.”
MLB.com: What is your ideal offseason plan?
DW: “Whether we get better in pitching aspects, whether we get better in hitting aspects, I don’t care. To me, there’s obviously some holes that we need to fill, and whatever we do to fill those holes, I’m OK with. It’s not like there’s one glaring weakness that we need that trumps another weakness. There’s a couple holes that we need filled, and whichever way we fill them is fine by me. Everybody’s been saying that this is the year with the money coming off the books, with some of the free agents that are out there, with some of the possible trade candidates given some of the younger pitchers and players we’ve developed. It seems like it’s all kind of culminating into this offseason to try to go out there and make this team better.”
MLB.com: Would you be OK with another quiet offseason?
DW: ”Whatever way gets us the best the fastest is what I want. And that’s not to say that I want to trade away every single young player that we have for a veteran-type guy, because I want sustained success also. But I think we’ve gotten to the point now where the rebuilding project is coming to an end, and we need to start winning, and taking that next step to becoming that playoff-contending team. The last few years have been tough. This year’s been tough. But I think that we have an opportunity to go out there and really make this team better this offseason with the money that we have and some of the pieces that we have. I’m expecting this team to be much better next year than it is this year.”
MLB.com: So when do your recruiting calls start?
DW: “How do you know they haven’t already started?”
MLB.com: I think that would be tampering.
DW: [Laughing] ”Not by me, is it? I don’t know the rules.”
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