David Wright and Mets Agree to Contract Extension

David Wright will spend his entire career with the New York Mets.  Or at least he'll come close.  The Mets and Wright have agreed to a eight-year, $138 million contract according to what sources have told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.  The deal is not quite as big as had originally been suggested earlier in the week.

Toward the beginning of the week, it was suggested that Wright was about to sign a deal worth $130-$140 million.  However, Wright and his agent put an end to those rumors saying an extension was not close.  Clearly, an extension was close, it was just for a different amount.  The originally rumored deal hit a snag based on deferred payments of the salary.

The Mets would like Wright to finish his career in New York and become "an ambassador" for the team.  The new CBA does not allow for teams to add front office jobs in the future to current contracts, otherwise this deal may have included that.  Albert Pujols got such a deal in Los Angeles.

Wright provides more than just his on-the-field skills to the Mets.  He provides consistency.  In his nine-year career, Wright has only had two seasons in which he played less than 144 games.  One was his rookie season and the other was the 2011 season.  The 2011 season was the first in which Wright had to miss a large chunk of time due to injury.  He suffered a stress fracture in his lower back and only played in 102 games.

Wright is a career .301/.381/.506 hitter.  He is a six-time All-Star and will likely finish his career as the Mets all-time leader in every offensive category.  Wright already leads the Mets organization in hits, runs, walks, and RBI.

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2 Responses to David Wright and Mets Agree to Contract Extension

  1. Now that the contract is done, the Mets should make every effort to trade David Wright. The first half of 2012 will no doubt be the top of his career...he was near unstoppable and yet, not only did he fade, as team leader the Mets became laughing stocks of the league yet again after July 1. They need to get a top top prospect or two and move on. They have never won more than 1 wildcard with David Wright, no reason to believe that changes going forward.

    1. That's a fair point, but the Mets aren't a small market club that has to win on a budget. Sure, they are financially restricted now, but that will change. If they trade Wright, they risk alienating fans. And they quite literally can't afford to do that.


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