|Both Wright and the team have expressed interest in making the star third baseman a Met for life. (Getty Images)|
The Mets and Wright are thought to have made a bit of progress in multiyear talks, though negotiations were said to be slow by some. Mets ownership wants talks kept under wraps, so it's hard to know specifics.
Both sides have expressed hope a deal can be worked out to make Wright a Met for life. The Mets were said willing to start at about $100 million, it was reported here a few weeks ago. However, they see cross-town third baseman Alex Rodriguez as well as others as cautionary tales about contracts taking players into their late 30s and even 40s.
The Mets originally had hopes to make Wright's option date as a soft deadline of sorts for a multiyear deal, but it is believed the sides will keep talking after the option is exercised. The deadline to pick up Wright's $16 million option was for three days after the World Series, which is Wednesday.
The World Series ended as quickly as was possible with a four-game sweep. The Mets' other option would be to buy Wright out for $1 million, but that was never a consideration. Wright hit .306 with 21 home runs and 93 RBI this year.