Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 12/2/12
At first glance, the eight-year, $138 million deal David Wright signed early Friday morning didn’t appeal to many. Originally, reports indicated that the Mets wanted to offer a little less than $120 million, and the Wright camp started out well above $140 million, so I was very surprised that the two sides settled for such a high amount. However, when you dig deeper into the deal, it looks like more of a bargain than I, and many other fans, thought it was. Let’s start off by giving you some background information. One win last season (1 WAR) cost teams an average of about $5.5 million. Now, that number is going to rise dramatically over the next few years as more multi-billion dollar television deals keep rolling in and teams have more money to spend. We have only really seen the beginning of what could be a huge increase in player salaries over the next ten seasons. Wright over his career as a full-time third baseman (2005-present) has averaged about 5.5 WAR per season, includi...
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