David Wright is all-in on the Mets. That includes being a front-line recruiter for Sandy Alderson & Co.
Wright told The Post yesterday he has spoken with and exchanged texts with free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn in an attempt to lure him to Citi Field.
"I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and he'd obviously be welcomed here,'' Wright said after his first early workout at the Mets' spring training complex.
"I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and I told him, 'You're always in the right place at the right time, your work counts,'?'' Wright said. "I've always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game and have always kind of chatted with him when he gets to third base.
"I just feel he's a hard-nosed player. I wanted to be there to answer any question he might have and let him know that with some of the young arms that we have and the young talent we have, we are not far off.''
In New York, Alderson, the general manager, told reporters acquiring Bourn would change the image of the beleaguered Mets franchise.
"We're getting to the point where we can be in the mix,'' Alderson said. "If you look at the fundamental composition of our team, it wouldn't take more than a couple of moves to change the whole perception of things.''
The Mets, who had the 10th-worst record but hold the No. 11 draft pick, are appealing to have that pick protected — as the top 10 selections are — if they were to surrender free-agent compensation.
"In the event we get to that point, I don't think it's fair to say we're looking for a rule change," Alderson said. "We're looking to clarify the effect of the existing rule. It's sort of a case of first impression. It hasn't been dealt with before. If we get to that point, we'll see.''
The Mets desperately need a center fielder and a leadoff man. It remains to be seen whether the Mets will step up to the plate and make the winning financial pitch. The Mariners and Rangers also would love to land Bourn.
Wright makes Mets' best pitch to free-agent CF Bourn
New York Post | Feb 5