Mets' David Wright hopes to lead team back into contention

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — David Wright has some unfinished business in New York, and he still has faith he can win with the Mets.

The third baseman re-signed this winter for another eight years and $138 million, a contract he said gave him some peace of mind about his future.

“It’s so easy to look at the off-season and see we lost a Cy Young winning pitcher (R.A. Dickey), and we didn’t go out and sign a lot of big-ticket free agents,” Wright said Monday. “We didn’t spend a lot of money, but the guys that were here last year know what we were able to accomplish the first half and that was fun, going out there and playing good baseball and winning a lot of games. … There are 100 different reasons why guys are motivated and excited about this season, and when you put together a room full of those young, energetic players, those types of teams can be scary.”

The Mets started 46-40 last season but won just 28 of their last 76 games. In nine years in the majors, Wright has been to the playoffs once, in 2006.

“I got a small taste of it, and it’s addicting. We were right in the middle of things the next two years. Since then, we’ve regressed, but that feeling is addicting,” Wright said.

YANKEES: Derek Jeter received an ovation that could be heard throughout Steinbrenner Field when he jogged onto the diamond for the first full-squad workout Monday.

Jeter took part in most of the team drills, including on-field batting practice for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery last October.

“It felt good,” Jeter said. “It’s the first time I’m doing everything on the field, in terms of hitting on the field, groundballs on the dirt. What I’m doing now is what I would be doing at the beginning of workouts anyway, but I’m a couple weeks behind.”

BREWERS: First baseman Mat Gamel tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in less than a year and will miss the season.

TRADE: Cubs have traded outfielder Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitchers Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo.


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