The Wright Move?
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.