(NEW YORK) — New York Mets third baseman David Wright is the only member left in the lineup from the 2006 Mets club who lost in seven games in the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since then he has been a part of two teams who collapsed during the final month of the season and two difficult seasons in the Mets new home, Citi Field.
Wright made his debut in 2004 with the Mets during former face of the franchise Mike Piazza’s final years in New York. After the 2012 season, Wright will be a free agent.
With good friend Jose Reyes signing on with the Miami Marlins during the off-season and the state of the franchise in financial flux, will this be the last time Mets fans see Wright in the orange and blue?
“I’m not worried about next year, the year after that, especially things you can’t control,” Wright said in an interview with ESPN on Thursday. “It’s up to the team what they do with me.”
Reyes and Wright both came up through the Mets farm system together. He will now be working with Ruben Tejada at short.
“Jose Reyes is a special player and I think the organization is going to miss him and I think we have to move on,” Wright said. “Ruben is a good guy to move on to. Ruben can’t go out there and try to be Jose Reyes, he has to go out there and solidify himself as the shortstop and I think he’s going to be able to do that.”
Wright also told ESPN that he believes that New York will be able to compete in a tough NL East with their youthful team.
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