A year after the New York Mets let Jose Reyes walk without ever even making the shortstop an offer to stay, the team has seemingly taken the complete opposite approach with third basemen David Wright. A day doesn’t pass without a new report of an offer from the team in the hopes of keeping #5 a New York Met for life. Things may slow down a bit in the coming days as the 29-year-old Wright ponders what Andy Martino of the Daily News says is the clubs ‘best offer’:
The Mets have made what they consider to be their best offer to David Wright, and are awaiting a response from the third baseman’s camp, according to baseball officials familiar with the negotiations.
Executives outside the Mets organization did not believe that differences over the structure of the offer would ultimately derail an agreement. The Daily News reported on Tuesday that the Mets offered Wright a seven-year contract extension; added to Wright’s’ $16 million option for 2013, the Mets are willing to guarantee eight years and approximately $140 million.
On Wednesday, Mets officials continued to say only that the process was “ongoing,” and Wright’s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, did not respond to a request for comment. But league officials briefed on the talks revealed new information about the structure of the Mets’ offer. Those sources said that the proposed extension was backloaded with a structure similar to the contract Jose Reyes got from the Marlins last winter.”
Backloading deals is a familiar strategy of the Wilpons and only time will tell if Wright feels the maneuver takes too much upfront money and opportunity out of his pocket. Time will also tell one simple thing, if David Wright truly wants to remain a Met for life. Backloaded or not, the offer is beyond reasonable, but it’s the price teams pay if they want to keep their stars with the franchise for their entire careers. It goes beyond performance, it has to, otherwise it’s a failed investment for the club the day the contract is signed. The Mets have now shown they’re willing to overpay to keep Wright wearing #5 in New York and soon we will know if that is in fact the number and jersey that he wants to don for the rest of this decade.
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