The Mets are expected to offer “in the neighborhood of $100 million” to David Wright

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are preparing an offer for David Wright:

The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for star third baseman David Wright, people familiar with the team’s thinking said.

That had better be a big neighborhood, because $100 million seems kind of low to me. I realize that Wright has one more year until free agency, but in a world where Ryan Zimmerman got around $100 million, Wright should expect more.  I’d think that, given his defense and his importance to the team, he’d be a lot closer to Miguel Cabrera’s $152.3 million deal than down “in the neighborhood” of $100 million.  Splitting the difference between those two at least.

Still, it’s early for negotiations with Wright, so any effort at this point is probably welcome. I just figure that Wright is gonna want to see a bigger number.

Tom Ricketts says the Cubs don’t have any more money

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Cubs owner Tom Ricketts met the media in Mesa, Arizona today and said a couple of things that were fun.

First, he addressed the controversy that arose earlier this month when emails of his father’s — family patriarch Joe Ricketts — were leaked, showing him forwarding and approvingly commenting on racist jokes. Ricketts apologized for those serving as a “distraction” for the Cubs which, OK. He also said “Those aren’t the values our family was raised with… I never heard my father say anything remotely racist.” If you choose to believe that a 77-year-old conservative guy who loves racist emails — who once spearheaded an anti-Obama ad campaign that required a “literate African-American” as its spokesman — hasn’t said racist stuff a-plenty, that’s between you and your credulity.

More relevant to the 2019 Cubs is this:

The Cubs aren’t in the same position as some other contenders in that (a) they don’t have a cheap payroll; and (b) are not obvious candidates for the big free agents like Harper or Machado, but I still find that comment pretty rich for an owner of one of baseball’s marquee franchises in a non-salary cap league. If nothing else, it’s an admission by Ricketts that he, like the other owners, consider the Luxury Tax to be a defacto salary cap.