Most feel that a contract extension between the Mets and David Wright is inevitable, but those clamoring for a quick resolution will have to wait a while.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Wright told Ed Coleman on the Mets’ pre-game show on WFAN tonight that he will not discuss a contract during the season.
This really isn’t a big deal. While Wright is in the final year of his six year, $55 million contract, the Mets hold a $16 million club option on him for next season which they will almost certainly exercise. There shouldn’t be a huge sense of urgency for the Mets to get a deal done right now, especially with Wright coming off the two most productive months he has had in a long time. Likewise, Wright just saved himself from having to answer the same questions day after day for the rest of the summer. Pretty smart move, really. Look for negotiations to pick up during the offseason.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.
Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.
Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.