Over at the New York Daily News, Andy Martino reports that, even though extension talks haven’t taken place, the Mets are probably going to try to keep David Wright in a Mets uniform for years to come.
The key thing is whether the Mets think Wright will become injury prone all of a sudden. Which, last year notwithstanding, he never has been. The current thing — that injured pinky — was freakish and, as of today anyway, is no longer keeping him out of the lineup.
Wright is a generally durable and consistent guy. Seems like it would make an awful lot of sense to lock him up, especially considering that there’s really no one else anywhere near needing locked up on the horizon.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.
Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.
As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.