David Wright knows that the Madoff Mess will be hanging over the Mets this season. He is not about to run and hide from it.

To that end, he has reached out to ownership to let it know he is there to offer support in these dark days.

"I've become very close with the Wilpon family over the years,'' Wright said yesterday at the Mets spring-training complex.

"They've done a lot for me. And I feel for them, just having to go through this. I called Jeff a few days ago just to let him know that I was thinking about him, and if he needed anything from me, I'm there for him.

"But it's got to be tough. Especially when you're talking about having your family go through this in such a public way. You feel for him. But you understand the situation. And that has to happen. Hopefully everything will work itself out in the end.

"For them being in New York and seeing how things go on, I think they will be able to handle it,'' Wright added.

Irving Picard, the trustee seeking to recover funds for victims of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, is seeking $1 billion from Mets owners.

Wright was one of 32 Mets, major- and minor-leaguers, to show up for yesterday's workout. Pitchers and catchers officially report next week.