David Wright hinted that it was possible he could leave the Mets as a free agent next offseason. (Getty Images)
David Wright told ESPN he has "no idea" what will happen in his future with the New York Mets beyond this season, as he gears up for free agency after 2013.
The Mets have a $16 million option on the third baseman Wright after this season, which they will likely pick up. But Wright has said he plans to test free agency after the 2013 season.
"I've never considered myself that type of player where I'm going to go to wherever for the money. It's clichéd, but I'm not necessarily concerned about making every last dollar I can in this game," Wright told ESPN's Adam Rubin. "I'd rather be somewhere where I feel like I can win, somewhere where I feel like I can be happy and obviously comfortable. There's a lot of other factors other than flat-out who's going to pay you the most.
"It's a business, ultimately. It is. It's a business. And I don't blame any players for doing that. But I'm not sure if that's me."
Wright has rebounded this season after a disastrous 2011, batting .306 with 21 homers, 91 RBI and an .887 OPS.
Wright, who will be 31 by the time he gets his next contract, said in the interview with ESPN that he would like his next contract to be his last. It could be a challenge for the Mets to retain Wright because of the slice of their payroll he would command. The Mets slashed payroll by about $50 million last season and now have a middle-of-the-road payroll around $95 million.
"Of course it's important that we can make a trade or sign a free agent and be able to spend some money," Wright said. "This is my philosophy on it. And that's why I'm going to sit down with these guys at some point and discuss it. Yeah, I'd like to know if it's going to be 'what you see is what you get' and we're going to base it solely on the minor leagues."