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Wright on Mets’ payroll through 2025

When the Mets signed David Wright last week to a new eight-year, $138-million contract, they committed to their franchise third baseman even beyond what figures to be the end of his playing days.

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Wright’s deal includes $15.5 million in deferred money to be paid in annual $3.1-million installments from 2021-2025, according to the Associated Press. MLB.com first reported most details of Wright’s contract on this blog.

Wright, who will turn 43 in 2025, is of course not the only current player whose name shoes up on future payrolls. The Mets still owe Bobby Bonilla roughly $1.1 million per year from now until 2036, and have agreed to defer $15 million of Jason Bay’s contract until 2015.

Originally slated to make $16 million next season on his old contract, Wright will instead take home only $8 million.

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Modern Family star on…Jason Bay?

Apparently, Modern Family star Ty Burrell is a big Mets fan. The Hollywood Reporter recently caught up to him and coaxed out gems such as:

On Jason Bay: “Bay is just having a hard time. I relate to that as a performer. When you perform in front of people, you can get into long slumps. Like, I’ve had that happen on stage, where I’ve just given one bad performance after another, because you can’t get out of your head. And he’s having a particularly bad run, and I really feel for the guy, and it’s been really hard to watch.”

On the Mets: “Last year was so painful because there was nothing hopeful about it. We still had all the payroll. It was oh god, this still has to get worse before it gets better. This year to me, even though we’re 25 games back or whatever we are, I feel very hopeful. I feel like [general manager] Sandy Alderson really has this team going in the right direction. They play so hard for [manager] Terry Collins, and they’re still playing hard for him. Their lineup is so depleted.”

It’s worth noting, by the way, that TV buff David Wright ranks Modern Family among his favorite shows of all time.

You can read the full Q&A here: Ty Burrell, Mets Fanatic, Goes Deep on New York Sports

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/21

It’s getting down to the most interesting time in camp, when game action is magnified and competitions really start heating up. To that end, Terry Collins called Johan Santana’s 69 pitches in Wednesday’s game “a giant step forward” in Santana’s road back from left shoulder surgery.

Other than Santana, the most interesting aspect of camp right now may be the center field situation, with Andres Torres still nursing a tight left calf, Jason Bay volunteering to sub in center, Jordany Valdespin experimenting at the position while hitting the cover off the ball, and Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen still duking it out for a bench job that is purportedly still one of theirs to lose. I profiled Baxter, a Queens native, for Mets.com today.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/10

The news is trending poorly for David Wright, who will not appear in a Grapefruit League game until at least next weekend as he continues to recover from tightness in the left side of his ribcage. You can read the full report on Mets.com, along with some notes on Kevin Mulvey, Vinny Rottino and Robert Carson.

In the meantime, by popular demand, I tried to snap a picture of Jason Bay’s revamped stance as he took batting before today’s game. If you take a close look at his feet, you can see the difference in how open his stance has become.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/9

While Matt Harvey was busy mowing down Braves batters in a win over the Braves at Disney, I stayed behind in Port St. Lucie, where I caught up with several injured Mets and spoke to Jason Bay about his evolving batting stance. Click the links for details.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 2/23

An eventful day here in Port St. Lucie, highlighted by bullpen sessions from Jenrry Mejia, R.A. Dickey (below) and Johan Santana, who said he “felt good” after his third session of the spring.

Jason Bay also showed up to camp a couple days early and spoke about his winter, in which he stripped his swing down to what it was with the Pirates and Red Sox. Bay has said similar things in the past, but he appeared relaxed and refreshed during a 15-minute chat.

After workouts ended, Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins and other members of the front office boarded a private helicopter bound for Miami and the Knicks-Heat game. Earlier in the day, Collins had called Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin an inspiration for his team, though an immediate Twitter backlash indicated that the helicopter — given the Mets’ money woes — may have been in bad taste.

About an hour before that crew departed, a hearing began in New York that could have major implications on the Wilpon’s litigation with Irving Picard, the trustee seeking to recover funds from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Picard wants $83 million from Mets ownership before the March 19 trial even begins; the Wilpons want the trial thrown out altogether.

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World Baseball Classic to expand to 28 teams

The World Baseball Classic announced its plan Wednesday morning to expand from 16 to 28 teams in 2013 through use of a qualifying round. The expansion will give more players an opportunity to play in the tournament, though fewer big leaguers may actually qualify for to the round of 16 — and it’s not yet clear exactly when in the fall of 2012 the preliminary games will be played. Among the teams that now have to qualify for the tournament are Canada and Panama, which could affect Mets players Jason Bay and Ruben Tejada if they choose to participate in the event.

Here’s a list of participating countries and those Major League Mets who participated in the 2009 event:

Automatic Qualifiers
1. Dominican Republic (Jose Reyes)
2. Mexico (Scott Hairston)
3. Puerto Rico (Carlos Beltran)
4. United States (David Wright)
5. Venezuela (Francisco Rodriguez)

Qualifying Round Invitees
1. Canada (Jason Bay)
2. Panama (Ruben Tejada)

*Note: Angel Pagan (Puerto Rico) and Johan Santana (Venezuela) did not participate due to injuries.

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Quotable: Phillies sign Cliff Lee

In case you missed it (or are trying to ignore it), the Phillies swooped in last night and signed free-agent lefty Cliff Lee to a five-year deal, giving Philadelphia four legitimate aces in Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has all the details on Phillies.com and his MLBLog, The Zo Zone. But the Mets also had plenty to say at today’s holiday party for area children. A sampling:

  • clifflee.jpgManager Terry Collins: “I was taken by surprise, I can honestly tell you. I really felt that New York and Texas were the two places and certainly I was shocked, but I know better than to be shocked in our business … They’ve got our attention. Not like they didn’t have it before, for sure. We’ve got some preparation ahead.”
  • Third baseman David Wright: “On paper, they look great. They’ve made all the right moves, they’ve put together that pitching staff and that’s what wins baseball games. But there are a lot of variables that go into playing a season and that’s why we’re going to go out there, and it’s going to be a challenge. But I think we’re up to it and we’re going to prepare, go out there and win.”
  • Outfielder Carlos Beltran: “I don’t like to be negative. I never like to be negative. I always like to be positive. So I always say that in baseball, there’s nothing guaranteed. You can go to Philly and probably on paper look great, but we don’t know how it’s going to work out. We’re all speculating that it’s going to work out great. If you ask Philly fans, they’ll say it’s going to be great. If you ask me, I say I don’t know.”
  • Outfielder Jason Bay: “They were already, rotation-wise, pretty good without him. Now,  obviously, they’re really, really good.”
  • First baseman Ike Davis: “Their whole staff, especially the starters, are pretty amazing. It’s just going to make one more game that much tougher and really [there's] no letdown. The whole team’s got to come ready to go.”
  • General manager Sandy Alderson: “I don’t think it affects how we plan long-term. In the short-term, really, the only impact is that now there are two other clubs that are out there looking for starting pitching today that weren’t there yesterday. So that has some impact. Otherwise we have our own plan, our own approach and this doesn’t really change things too much for us.”

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Mets to hold annual coat drive

The Mets are holding their annual coat drive this Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Citi Field. Fans donating coats will have an opportunity to meet Terry Collins, Jason Bay, Ike Davis and David Wright, and will receive a voucher good for two Mets tickets this season. From the team:

FLUSHING, N.Y., December 13, 2010 – The New York Mets today announced they are hosting their annual Coat Drive in support of New York Cares on Wednesday, December 15 at Citi Field.  The Mets and New York Cares will collect gently-used men’s, women’s and children’s coats at Hodges VIP, on the first base side of the ballpark, from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Fans donating coats will have the opportunity to meet Terry Collins, Jason Bay, Ike Davis and David Wright between 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

In addition, fans who are generous enough to donate coats will also receive a voucher redeemable for one pair of tickets to a select Mets game in April 2011.  In addition, fans can show their voucher at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field to receive a 15% off regularly priced merchandise.  Season Ticket Holders who donate coats can show their voucher and ID card to get 20% off regularly priced items.  The discount will only be honored Wednesday, December 15.

Fans dropping off coats may park in Lot G on 126th Street between the Right Field Gate and Roosevelt Avenue.

Coats will be donated to the New York Cares Coat Drive, the city’s largest annual coat drive which has a goal of collecting 70,000 coats during December.  For information about the New York Cares Coat Drive, please visit newyorkcares.org.

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Francoeur hearts New York, too

Dogged in 2008 by a series of rumors intimating that he did not
enjoy playing in Queens, Mets outfielder Ryan Church reported to camp the next season sporting an “I Love New York” t-shirt.

i-love-new-york1.gifJeff Francoeur, the man for whom the Mets traded Church last season, may be heading down a similar path.

Mere days after telling both the Daily News and the Post that he would
welcome a trade elsewhere — read: Kansas City — if it would result in
increased playing time, Francoeur nixed that talk following Tuesday’s
victory at Citi Field.

“I want to be here,” Francoeur said. “I’ve said it from Day 1, I like it
here. I enjoy playing. It’s a fun place to play. It’s a crazy place to
play, but it’s a fun place to play.”

And it should remain Francoeur’s home for a while, as it appears
increasingly unlikely that the Mets will deal Francoeur prior to
Saturday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. Even before this week, the Mets
were worried that trading Francoeur would make them vulnerable in the
event that Carlos Beltran re-injured his surgically repaired right
knee. Now, Jason Bay is out indefinitely with a mild concussion,
providing the Mets with a clear reminder of why Francoeur remains
valuable to them.

“You like to have good players, and Jeff is definitely a good player,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

In other words, don’t expect Francoeur to go anywhere.

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