The reports have been coming in fast and furious over the past couple of days about David Wright’s contract negotiations with the Mets. This can only be good news, as it means the Mets are actually attempting to negotiate a deal with Wright, not like that free agent last year who is now hunkering down in Toronto.
The talk from various sources is that the Mets initially offered Wright six-years, $100 million, the same money fellow third basemen Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria got. After Wright was “put off” by that measly offer according to the Daily News, the club quickly added a seventh year. The offer is now said to be worth anywhere from $119 million to$129 million. My bet is that a deal gets done sooner rather than later.
That’s because when you add in the $16 million he is owed in 2013, the entire deal would likely surpass Johan Santana’s $137.5 million contract, making it the richest in Mets history. Sources say this is important to Wright and his agents — probably more to his agents, who are trying to rebuild their reputation after the Melky Cabrera fiasco.
There could be a hold-up, however. The New York Post reports that the two sides are bickering over deferred money. This is crucial because it could reduce the amount of the contract in present-day dollars. It would be surprising if this scuttled the entire deal if everything else can be agreed upon.
Another problem appears to be the fact that we know any of this. Wright told MLB Trade Rumors that he is unhappy with the “inaccurate” reports, saying he wanted to keep the negotiations private.
“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 (Tuesday) which are inaccurate,” said Wright.
Unless David Wright is lying, which is unlikely, then the Mets have been talking to the media. Hopefully it won’t be enough to sour Wright on resigning with the team.
In any case, a seven-year extension would mean Wright would be 37 in the final year of the contract. I would prefer not to sign any player (except for the elite of the elite) past age 35 or 36, but I would make an exception to get this done. Paying an extra year at the end is worth having David Wright spend his entire career with the Mets.