David Wright agrees to an 8 year deal worth $138 million

Posted: November 30, 2012 in Hot Stove, News
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

According to WFAN’s Ed Coleman, the David Wright deal is finally done. After several long months of anticipation it is now safe to assume Wright will remain with the Mets long-term if not his whole career. The contract rips up the $16 million Wright was due in 2013. The deal is the largest contract in Mets history breaking Johan Santana’s deal in 2008 by 500K. If you included his guaranteed money that was ripped up the deal is really worth 7 years and $122 million. That’s pretty standard these days for a premiere third basemen.

That is around what we had expected for Wright. Did the Mets overpay a little? Maybe but only time will tell. It was vital for the Mets to keep their last homegrown star who leads the franchise in hits; RBI’s, walks and Runs. That homerun record that Darryl Strawberry owns is probably next for Wright. Wright has made six all star games and has a career .301 batting average.images

This deal keeps the Mets best offensive player in their 50 year history in Queens until the year 2020, when he will be 37. Most importantly this gives the Mets a little more credibility. The reaction has been extremely positive for the Mets on resigning Wright. Third base is arguably the second hardest position to fill in the majors these days behind catcher. If you have a great third basemen you don’t want to let him go.

This deal is similar to the one that Matt Holliday got with the Cardinals a few seasons ago except Wright plays a more premium position so at first glance this deal appears to be better than the Holliday deal which has worked out well for the Cardinals..

Finally keep in mind the only Mets player under contract next year is Jon Niese. Yeah that’s it. The Mets would have had over $70 million coming off the books after the 2013 season if Wright had left or been traded. The Mets have to have signed someone for 2014 and beyond so why not the franchise’s best position player in their history?

This is a good move for the Mets and now it allows them to move forward in the offseason in trying to find some new talent just in time for the winter Meetings next week in Tennessee. The deal is pending a physical which likely won’t be taken until next week as Wright is currently at Daniel Murphy’s wedding in Jacksonville.images2

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