David Wright is the face of the New York Mets' franchise. There aren't many people who would dispute that. He has given that team everything and done so for a reasonable salary. Now, he could be due for a huge payday. However, the team and Wright will have to get past a snag in the contract to get the deal done.
Yesterday, news broke that the Mets and Wright were on the verge of a mega-contract. The team was looking to extend their third baseman through the 2020 season and was to be worth between $135-140 million. However, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the deal hit a snag on deferred dollars. Wright's agent, Seth Levinson, spoke yesterday and said a deal was not close.
“We don’t anticipate a deal any time soon,” Levinson told MLB Trade Rumors.Puma says sources have said the problem with the proposed contract is the amount of deferred money owed to Wright. In a deferred money situation, the player will continue being paid after his contract is over, but over course the longer the payments are deferred, the less present day value that money has.
Wright and the Mets will likely get a deal worked out, it's just a matter of time. New York has shown they are committed to keeping him long-term. Wright would be a free agent after the 2013 season if a deal is not completed. Don't expect that to happen.
While Wright battled through injuries in the 2011 season, he was relatively healthy last year. He played in 156 games in 2012 while hitting .306/.391/.492.