The New York Mets are preparing to make a long-term offer to keep David Wright in Queens, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal that cited "a baseball official briefed on the team's thinking."
Wright, 29, is leading the National League with a .400 batting average and a .489 on-base percentage, and is third in the NL with a 1.080 OPS. The Mets have a $16 million team option on Wright for the 2013 season, but after losing Jose Reyes to the Marlins during free agency last winter, the Mets will be eager to sign Wright to a long-term deal and avoid the necessity of trading him after the 2012 season.
According to the Journal report, no decision has been made on the timing of the offer or the size of the contract, as Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is still in the process of assessing Wright's value. However, given that Wright leads the Mets in hits, runs scored, triples, runs batted in, walks, total bases, and stolen bases, his value to the team appears to be as high as it's ever been.
The Mets (19-15, third in NL East), host the Milwaukee Brewers (15-19, fourth in NL Central) on Monday night at Citi Field. Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET.