After a busy week of negotiations, multiple outlets are now reporting that the New York Mets have signed third baseman David Wright to 8-year contract worth $138 million. Wright was set to be under contract next season for $16 million, but that portion of his old deal was ripped up, effectively making this a 7-year extension worth $122 million. Apparently Ed Coleman of WFAN broke the story during the wee hours of the night and while there have been many tweets to follow, Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal has my favorite thus far this morning.
To make Wright’s deal the richest in franchise history, the Mets topped teammate Johan Santana‘s 6-year/$137.5 million pact from 2008 by a cool 500K (probably not by accident).
As for Wright, he’s the face of the franchise and could eventually go down as the greatest player to put on a Mets uniform when all is said and done.
There’s still plenty of work to be done for the the Mets as a franchise and Wright as a player, but this marriage had to happen and I’m glad it’s a done deal. There will be plenty of time to figure out just how good or bad this contract is, but the fact is that this is the kind of deal that was coming Wright’s way, whether it be from the Mets this year or another club in 2013. Jon Heyman of CBS certainly seems to believe the Mets did well to ink Wright to this extension:
Next up, it’s time to get Dickey signed and I expect progress on that front to pick up here in the coming days.
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