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The standoff between the New York Mets and third baseman David Wright continues. And for the team, the risk is only becoming greater.
The Mets offered Wright a six-year, $100 million contract extension on Monday, according to major-league sources.
It is an offer that Wright is certain to refuse.
Wright, who is under contract for $16 million in 2013, prefers a deal of seven years or longer, sources say.
The Mets' proposal offered Wright only a slight raise, and matched the terms of the Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria extensions, the latter of which was announced on Monday.
Wright, who turns 30 on Dec. 20, is older than Zimmerman, 28, and Longoria, 27, but perhaps the safest long-term bet.
Longoria is the best offensive player according to OPS-plus, a statistic that adjusts a hitter's OPS to his league and ballpark. But he has appeared in more than 133 games in only two of his five seasons.
Wright's career OPS-plus is nearly as good as Longoria's, and he has averaged 149 games in his eight full seasons. Zimmerman's career OPS-plus is the lowest of the three, and he has not been as durable as Wright.
A six-year extension would take Wright through 2019, same as Zimmerman. Longoria, on the other hand, is now under contract through '22 -- and with one of the game's lowest-revenue clubs.
The Mets, playing in New York, should be at the opposite end of the financial spectrum.
Club officials say their off-season priority is to sign both Wright and Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to extensions. But the winter meetings are next week in Nashville, and the team is making little progress on either front, sources say.
A trade of one or both veterans is possible, but Dickey also is signed for only one more year, at a salary of $5 million. Players entering the final year of contracts generally yield less than full value in trades, rival executives say. The Mets would gain little more than salary relief from such deals, unless they included cash to get better prospects.
Another option for the Mets would be to grant potential trade partners windows to extend Wright and/or Dickey, knowing that teams would make more tempting proposals if they were assured of keeping their desired player long-term.
Such windows, though, might only complicate the negotiations, particularly if the trades became public and the teams were unable to reach agreements with the players.
Then there is the Mets' public-relations challenge.
A trade of Wright would create the possibility that the team's homegrown star could appear in the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field wearing another club's uniform.
To avoid such a scenario, the Mets could keep both Wright and Dickey into next season, continue trying to sign them to extensions and then -- if the talks failed -- trade them after the All-Star Game but before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
Such a strategy, however, would further depress the trade values of both players; teams are less willing to trade elite prospects because of a new rule that prevents them from receiving a high draft pick if they acquire a potential free agent in the middle of a season and he then signs with another club.
But back to the central issue.
The Mets' stalemates with Wright and Dickey raise questions about the team's willingness to add to its payroll, which has dropped from $149.4 million at the start of 2009 to the $94.3 million at the start of last season.
Even if the Mets kept both Wright and Dickey, they would need to add other players to contend in one of the game's most competitive divisions, the NL East.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said recently that the team would need to gain "a little more clarity" on their talks with Wright and Dickey between Thanksgiving and the winter meetings.
The meetings start Monday. And right now, both situations are far from clear.
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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...
The Mets reportedly have offered star third baseman David Wright a seven-year deal, apparently in the $135-$145 million range.
David Wright and his agent offered commentary on the rumors about their contract negotiations with the Mets in statements to MLB Trade Rumors.
I have said from Day 1 that I want to play my entire career with the New York Mets. I remain hopeful that goal can be achieved. However, I am disappointed by the reports that I have read today which are inaccurate.
The New York Mets have more interest in getting a long-term deal worked out for David Wright than they do for R.A. Dickey. This is obvious based on the players' ages. However, they would like to get both of them locked up, and the fans would love it. They just can't overspend in their quest to do so.
As Ken Davidoff of the New York Post writes, the Mets could use...
David Wright is the face of the New York Mets' franchise. There aren't many people who would dispute that. He has given that team everything and done so for a reasonable salary. Now, he could be due for a huge payday. However, the team and Wright will have to get past a snag in the contract to get the deal done.
Yesterday, news broke that the Mets and Wright were...
It’s the move that everyone around the Mets has been waiting for. Everyone knew it was something the organization needed to do but Mets fans will be the first to say they didn’t know what to expect from this team. They have a history of making unexplainable moves, but if they don’t offer David Wright a contract, it would be the biggest travesty in franchise history.
The New York Mets have offered David Wright a seven-year deal that is worth a little more than 100 million dollars. Earlier in the month Wright was offered less money, and one less year, but the Mets have finally upped their offer, and I would be surprised if Wright didn’t take it.
According to multiple sources the deal won’t go into effect until 2014, because it’s a contract...
A few hours ago, I posted about the Mets initially lowballing a long-term contract offer to David Wright. Since then, things have gone in a different direction. The Mets have drastically increased their offer, going from six years and $100 million to eight years and $135-140 million.
Wright would make the $16 million he's due in 2013, the average value on the new contract...
It was three weeks ago when we elected a president. After a long, nasty, ugly, expensive and bitter campaign we survived and made it to Election Day. And boom! Just like that more than 57 million Americans, those who voted for Mitt Romney, were pissed off. No matter who would be sworn in in January, literally half this nation would be upset. It was really a no-win situation.
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...
Updated Post 11:15 AM
After making David Wright a six year, $100 million offer yesterday. As Ken Rosenthal predicted it was rejected, and now this from Andy Martino of the Daily News:
Like I’ve been saying, Wright will get a huge second generation contract from the Mets, and the masses will be appeased.
I’d be shocked if deal doesn’t get done by end of...
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mets offered David Wright a six-year, $100 million extension on Monday, on top of the $16 million owed in 2013.
It’s the exact dollars and length of the deal that the Tampa Bay Rays gave to Evan Longoria yesterday. But Rosenthal says that the offer is expected to be rejected by Wright’s reps.
Wright is wanting more in both years...
This morning, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Mets offered David Wright a six year, $100 million extension, noting that it was an offer that Wright was sure to refuse. After all, the term sof the extension are basically equal to what the Nationals gave Ryan Zimmerman, and he was coming off a mediocre season and was two years away from free agency. Evan Longoria got a six year,...
Recent Wright contractual rumors…
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
The Mets offered Wright a six-year, $100 million contract extension on Monday, according to major-league sources. November 27, 2012
Can now report Mets have made Wright a 7 year offer well in excess of $100 mil, according to industry sources. Negotiations in process.
— Andy Martino (@SurfingTheMets) November 27,...