Can you explain how Beltre is a better hitter?
Santana and Bay off the books next year, and another year away from Madoff, supposedly means the Mets can go back to spending money. They should have one of the better pitching staffs in baseball this year, and it should be getting better. They see Wright has part of the solution. Should non-contending teams take the Astros approach of having no ML talent?
If you don't lock down Wright while he's under contract, you run the risk of losing him. Wright's camp approached the Mets about extending. Saying "no, let's wait" doesn't look very good.