Found November 29, 2012 on
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’:
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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.”
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Backloading deals is a familiar strategy of the Wilpons and only time will tell if Wright feels it 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.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Mets have finally opened up there moth ridden Wallets and opened the dance with David Wright. He was offered a 6 year 100M on Monday. This of course will be a starting point. Wright I am sure once to go 7 and get a bit more per year. People seem to think that for some reason that Wright’s time with the Mets might be coming to a close the longer this takes. I don’t buy it...
There is certainly a lot of buzz emanating from Queens these days in regards to David Wright’s contract negotiations.
Per MetsBlog, WFAN’s Mike Francesca says that he has sources (inside Mets’ offices) saying that the offer the Mets made to Wright, a deal which is reportedly worth $135-140 million for seven years, is legit and that the Mets are serious about locking up Wright...
WFAN broke the news first, not a whole host of media outlets are now reporting that the New York Mets and David Wright have agreed to a seven year contract extension worth $122 million. When combined with the $16 million he is set to make this season, this becomes the most lucrative deal in team history, slightly trumping the $137.5 Johan Santana signed for a few years back.
WFAN radio is reporting that David Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a $138 million, eight-year contract that would be the richest in franchise history.
The deal would keep the All-Star third baseman under contract with the Mets through the 2020 season, when he will be 37.
The sports-talk station first reported the agreement early Friday.
Without a new contract, Wright...
WFAN’s Ed Coleman
to report that the Mets and David Wright have agreed to a six year - $122M
contract, which makes it the richest contract the Mets
One New York team gave a star player a $122 million extension while the other New York team allowed its starting catcher to sign with Pittsburgh as they seek to cut payroll for 2014. And the first team is the Mets and the second team is the Yankees. It's Backwards Day!The Mets had no choice but to lock up David Wright. Even the dollar store Tampa Bay Rays just gave a big contract...
The New York Mets have made a step in the right direction as a franchise as they have locked up third baseman David Wright to an seven-year, $122mm contract extension, WFAN’s Ed Coleman reports. Adding the upcoming season to the deal (which was a team option at $16mm) would make it an eight-year deal worth $138mm.
The Mets desire to keep Wright in a Mets uniform has been well...
Going into this offseason, the New York Mets have had two priorities: sign David Wright long-term, and give RA Dickey a contract extension. Neither has gone very far this fall, and the latest news on Wright is disturbing from the perspective of a Mets fan. New York offered their All-Star third baseman a six year, $100 million extension that's comparable to the extensions signed...
Contract extension negotiations between David Wright and the Mets have been bumpy.
Early on Tuesday, FOXSports.com reported the Mets offered their cornerstone third baseman a six-year, $100 million extension. It appeared the club was lowballing their six-time All-Star with that offer.
With Wright expected to refuse the initial terms, the Mets reportedly upped the ante for the 29...
Today is the day that most Mets fans take a sigh of relief that the organization was able to show the fans that they are more financially stable than most have thought. David Wright is a Met, probably until his last days on a baseball field.
This is something Mets fans have never seen before. Wright now becomes our version of Ripken, Gwynn, Helton, Chipper or Jeter. He may not become...
Ed Coleman from WFAN reported last night that the Mets and David Wright agreed to an 8 year, $138 million extension. He reported this at approximately 3 am, which is ironically the same time Willie Randolph was fired during a roadtrip in Los Angeles in 2008. The Mets can finally go on with their offseason plans of adding outfield help, a catcher and strengthing...
It looks like David Wright will be a New York Met for life, as a source said that the contract terms have been agreed to (eight years, $140 million). So now we know that the Mets have money. We just hope that's not all of it.One final problem:
David Wright's new eight-year deal worth nearly $140 million will not become official until a physical. And that physical will...