Originally written November 30, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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If the Mets' negotiations with David Wright were a test of ownership's willingness to spend, not even the most cynical can deny that the team just passed in a big way. Time to give credit where credit is due. I was among those who questioned when the Mets, under Fred Wilpon, would emerge from their post-Madoff funk and resume operating like a high-revenue franchise. The answer came early Thursday morning, when the team agreed with Wright on an eight-year, $138 million contract -- the largest in team history. The deal, which is pending a physical, is not necessarily a wise one for the club. Wright turns 30 on Dec. 20, and so many of these large contracts rarely work out well. But for the Mets, who last offseason lost shortstop Jose Reyes in free agency, locking up Wright was absolutely essential, just to prove they are back in business again. The next question, obviously, is whether Wright will be an isolated case. The news on that front, however, also is good: The team...
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