NEW YORK -- Mets COO Jeff Wilpon reiterated general manager Sandy Alderson's call for patience on Wednesday, saying that extension talks with third baseman David Wright are not necessarily imminent.
"He's under contract for this year," Wilpon said of Wright. "We have an option for next year. There's no gun to anybody's head. So let it just play out, and at the right time Sandy and I will discuss it, and it will move on."
A day earlier, Alderson said that he planned to speak to Wright's agent at some point this season. But the Mets hold a $16 million option on Wright's contract for the 2013 season, meaning there is no rush for the team to negotiate with its star third baseman.
"David's very special. He's very special to me personally, to the fan base, to the organization as a whole, the community," Wilpon said following a news conference to announce Johan Santana's donation to the non-profit Tuesday's Children. "He does plenty of these events as well and gives a lot back, so he is very special.
"Give it time. Let it play out, and we'll hopefully have a good conclusion."
Wilpon acknowledged that negotiations should be financially easier for the Mets in the wake of their Madoff settlement. He also lauded Alderson and his staff for the club's hot start, tied for second in the NL East through 50 games.
"Certainly, we're happy," Wilpon said. "It's not unexpected that we thought we'd be in it. I know nobody else thought we'd be in it, but listening to Sandy and the baseball guys, they thought we would have a competitive team. And that's what they're showing."