Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/30/12

You can rest easy, Mets fans.  David Wright won't be going anywhere for a long, long time with the news that the franchise third baseman has agreed to a seven-year contract extension that will pay him $122 million. That deal makes Wright the richest player in team history (if you include the $16 million he was already set to earn this season which really makes it an eight-year, $138 million pact) and, more importantly, brings to an end a roller coaster few days of negotiations that started with the Mets low-balling Wright before upping their offer only to have Wright himself say that everything the team was leaking to the media was a lie.  But at the end, everyone got what they wanted, especially the Mets fans who surely would've taken to the streets in protest had the team let another wildly popular franchise cornerstone walk away. At first glance, the money in the deal isn't outrageous at an average annual value of just over $17 million for a guy who has posted a 47.0 fWAR over eight-plus big league seasons.  If there is something not to like about this contract it is the length.  Wright will be 30 in a few weeks, so this locks him up through his age 38 season and it is hard to imagine that he'll still be getting the value boost of being a third baseman by the time his contract expires.  Part of that is aging but a bigger part is Wright's recent health history.  From 2009 through 2011, Wright saw his production drop off due to a variety of injury issues, most notably a concussion that had some lingering effects.  He shook that injury bug though in 2012 and returned to posting elite level numbers.  The Mets will have to hope that he can continue to avoid the injury bug going forward to make sure that they get what they paid for with this massive extension. Of course, as alluded to above, this contract was not strictly about on field performance.  In the wake of their involvement in the Bernie Madoff scandal and their own financial struggles, the Wilpon family that owns the Mets has been fighting an uphill PR battle with their fanbase for the last few years.  Even if Wright doesn't live up to this payday, the Wilpons will have earned some goodwill with their customers by stepping up to the plate to keep him in town and likely make Wright a Met for life. Now let's see if they go and spoil much of that goodwill by trading away another fan favorite, R.A. Dickey, at the Winter Meetings as the rumor mill suggests.  These are still the Mets, after all.  They aren't going to completely change their ways overnight. [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Red Sox nearly had serious catcher emergency in loss to Tigers

Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson ineligible for season

Roger Federer will miss Olympics, U.S. Open with knee injury

Report: Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks

Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

Reggie Bush reportedly closing in on contract with Bills

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

Report: Paul Pierce to return to Clippers

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

Andre Johnson worked out for Tennessee Titans

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman denies link to C.T.E.

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

Rudy Gay admits to having ‘no idea’ about what the Kings are doing

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker