New York Mets Offer David Wright Long-Term Extension

The Wright Move?

11/28/12 in MLB   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Sep 22, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA;   New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) throws for an out during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PREWIREDepending on which report you read, the New York Mets have offered third baseman David Wright a long-term contract extension ranging anywhere from seven years at $18 million per year to eight years at $140 million overall. Though Wright himself says that these rumors and figures are premature, it's clear that the Mets are serious about keeping their most valuable player at least until the end of the decade. The question would then be, is this the right move? The short answer is, "yes."

At age 29, Wright is in the prime of his career and coming off of a nice bounce back season in which he hit 21 home runs and drove in 93 while hitting .306. Though these are not overwhelming offensive numbers they were nevertheless impressive, especially on a club whose lineup featured very little in the way of offensive support around Wright. Another major improvement came in Wright's fielding. In recent years he had fallen from his perennial gold glove status to someone who had a case of the yips. In 2012 Wright cut his error total in half, making some truly sparkling plays at the hot corner in the process. Overall, in the supposed "post-steroid era," Wright comes across as a pretty sound investment... something Fred and Jeff Wilpon know very little about.

So is this deal a slamdunk for both Wright and the Mets? Of course not. Wright could end up playing for a team that might be in rebuilding mode for the foreseeable future. The Mets, meanwhile, aren't really guaranteed anything with Wright either. In fact, investing that much money in one player may hamper them as they try to add other pieces as well as hang on to guys like Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. All of that aside, it seems the Mets and Wright are destined to get this deal done and keep #5 as the face of the franchise for years to come.
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11/30/12   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2795 respect

Sorry Mets fans, however David Wright even more than most major leaguers does not deserve the kind of money he is being given.  I find it hilarious that they are offering him an 8 year deal.  I thought the contract Upton signed with the Braves was the most absurd I had seen this week, then comes Wright's.  I guess the Met's feel like fans will at least recognize one player for the next 8 years while they still await a return to the playoffs.