NEW YORK – Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon says there is no rush to sign star third baseman David Wright to a new contract.
Wright's salary is $15.25 million this season and the team holds a $16 million option for 2013, which gets voided if he is traded. After that, he can become a free agent.
Wilpon was asked about Wright after a news conference Wednesday to announce a $20,000 charity donation from pitcher Johan Santana and the Mets that will help Tuesday's Children launch a new project designed to assist Spanish-speaking people affected by the Sept. 11 attacks.
New York general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday night that the team planned to speak with Wright's agents this season about a new deal, though the GM explained that does not necessarily mean an offer is imminent.