Anticlimax: Mets beat Marlins 4-2
MIAMI (AP) — David Wright watched the final four innings from the dugout as his teammates closed out a meaningless final game.
Now the goal for the New York Mets is to keep Wright and start winning.
Ike Davis hit his 32nd homer, and Scott Hairston got his 20th Wednesday to help the Mets win their finale by beating the Miami Marlins 4-2.
The Mets (74-88) finished fourth in the NL East for the fourth year in a row, but they believe things are on the upswing after the settlement of a suit stemming from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.
General manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets will make "every effort" to reach long-term deals with third baseman Wright and 20-game winner R.A. Dickey, and the team might be more active this offseason in the trade and free-agent markets.
"The organization is in a stronger position than a year ago," Alderson said.
Wright said he is optimistic the Mets will be better in 2013.
"It's difficult because of how the season ended," he said. "But when you look back and evaluate this team as a whole, there is a lot of good that came out of this year and a lot of positives that you can take into next year."
The Mets hold a $16 million option for Wright for next year. He said he hasn't thought about a possible long-term deal.
"I'm sure in a couple of weeks I'll be able to think about it a little bit more and just enjoy the process," he said.
Rookie Jeremy Hefner (4-7), who hopes to make the Mets' roster in 2013, closed the season with his second consecutive strong start. He allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings.
"I know I can pitch here," he said.
The Marlins (69-93), touted as playoff contenders after an offseason spending binge, instead posted their worst record since 1999.
Miami heads into the offseason with questions about the future of manager Ozzie Guillen and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Owner Jeffrey Loria wasn't at the game, but he hasn't ruled out changes at the top.
Following the finale, Guillen met briefly with Beinfest and general manager Michael Hill.
"They're going to have a meeting soon about it," Guillen said. "It's a very tough situation. We all failed, and we're all a big part of this bad season. They have to think about it, and with time see what we need, and think with their mind and not their heart. Right now it's too hard to make decisions because everybody is bitter and very upset and disappointed with the season. I think they're doing the right thing to think about it."
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