I said I’d post a complete transcript of David Wright’s thoughts from last night’s Hard Rock appearance. Here they are:
It looks like you guys are going to be able to get a pretty big-time closer before it’s all said and done. Do you think that’s the type of jolt the team needs?
I think obviously you go through two seasons like we have the last couple of years and you’re going to need a little bit of a face lift. I think there’s 30 teams out there that could use pitching and obviously we’re one of them. I think Omar’s going to work his tail off to go out there and deliver. As far as specific needs, the guys that we have here, we need to step it up. We need to do a better job next year. Omar’s going to go out there and bring us some tools in that will help us out as well.
Derek Jeter said he’d be willing to recruit C.C. Sabathia. Would you be open to doing the same thing for the Mets?
I’m more than willing. I live here most of the offseason, so if the organization wants me to be a tour guide or make a phone call, I’d be more than happy to do that.
What’s your impression of K-Rod?
I think the numbers speak for themselves. But he’s a guy that can throw two or three pitches in any count and you don’t see too many closers who have the faith and have the trust to throw two or three pitches in any count. Obviously he knows how to win and he’s been one of the most dominant closers in the game. A guy like that you can’t say enough good things about him.
Is Brian Fuentes a step below?
I think Fuentes is right up there in the same caliber. You have a guy who has overpowering stuff and two or three plus-pitches as well. That’s why they’re as highly touted as they are because they’re not a one-pitch pitcher. They have two or three pitches they can get you out with.
Do you think closer is the team’s No. 1 priority?
I feel that not only am I lucky that I get to go out and play a game for a living, I don’t have to make those kinds of decisions. Omar goes out there and he does a great job giving us the talent. We as players need to step up and get the job done. I don’t know if there’s a No. 1 or No. 2 priority. As I mentioned before, with the way the last couple of years have ended I think there needs to be a little bit of a face lift, but Omar’s a very intelligent GM, he’s one of the better GMs, and he’s going to make that happen. We have to connect, get that chemistry and go out there and produce.
Do you expect Omar will bring in a couple big-ticket players in the offseason?
I’m sure. Being in a big market you always expect that, and the way the season’s ended the last couple of years you expect that. From what I hear, he’s one of the more harder-working GMs in baseball. He’s always making calls. I can vouch for that because I’m at dinner with him sometimes and his phone is ringing off the hook. It’s something where he goes out there and he’s extremely active and I think he’s going to bring us some pretty good players in the offseason.
(Wright said he and Minaya share dinner together a couple times a year, and maybe once an offseason.)
Do you follow all the news in the offseason?
More as a fan. Obviously, I follow it. I watch . I absolutely follow it. Not only am I interested in what’s going on with us but with other teams.
How do you feel about the team needing to add high-character players?
I’ve always been a huge fan of high-character players. I love a player that puts winning before everything else. I’ll take a player that has less talent, but a guy that has a desire to win.