Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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The Wright Amount When Evan Longoria inked his contract extension last week, many thought that the new money of six years and one hundred million dollars set the market for David Wright’s extension. Longoria’s obviously more talented and younger. So based on that, Wright at most should get the same extension, right? Wrong. Longoria set the market for Wright, but not the way you think it did. Free agent contracts (and also extensions that avoids free agency) are not given based on future potential production. I wish they were. We all wish they were. They’re offered more as lifetime achievement awards. Do you think Albert Pujols got his ten-year deal based on what he’ll produce through age 41? No, he got it based on what he did produce through age 31. For Longoria’s career, he’s put up a .276/.361/.516 slash line against Wright’s .301/.381/.506 line. Advantage Wright. To put it in further perspective, Wright’s one of only five players to maintain a .300/.380/.500 slash line with a min...
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