(NEW YORK) — It may take a little longer then the fans would like, but the New York Mets are slowly building their team up to one day contend. Third baseman David Wright loves the direction the team is heading.
Wright, who signed a massive eight-year contract extension with the team earlier in the offseason, decided to stick with the team because he believes the organization is committed to winning long term.
The Mets recently sent NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays for highly regarded prospects Travis D’Arnuad and Noah Syndergaard. Both are considered building blocks for the future. While the team may take a hit in the next couple seasons, Wright thinks the future is bright.
“Of course it’s difficult to see our Cy Young Award pitcher and a 20-game winner be traded,” Wright said. “But I didn’t sign to come back here for kind of a short-term-type, win-now-or-never-win-type approach. I’m going to be here for eight more years. And this is my opinion: I would rather build and get that solid foundation where you get to the point where we can contend every year and have that solid base.”
In his ninth season with the Mets, Wright hit .306 with 21 home runs with 93 RBIs.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN