MLB Rumors: New York Mets, David Wright Agree on Contract Extension
According to a Major League Baseball source the New York Mets have reached an agreement with their all-star third baseman David Wright on a huge contract extension that will keep Wright in a Mets uniform until at least 2020.
The deal is for eight-years and slightly less than $140 million giving the six-time all-star the largest contract in franchise history surpassing the deal which New York gave Johan Santana a few years back. Wright was already under contract for 2013 at $16 million worth of salary and now the extension will add an additional seven seasons to that.This deal is just the third time that the Mets have agreed to a contract in excess of $100 million with the first being Carlos Beltran‘s deal which was signed in 2005 and of course Santana’s deal in 2008.
Wright is not only the face of the franchise but is also the organizations all-time leader in several offensive categories including hits (1,426), walks (616), runs scored (790) and runs batted-in (818) and now with this extension in place (barring injury) will become the franchises all-time leader in just about every offensive category.
Last season Wright had another sensational season batting .306 with 21 home runs, 93 runs batted-in, 41 doubles and 91 runs scored in 581 at-bats while playing in 156 games. This season Wright is expected to produce similar numbers as well as being one of their leaders in the clubhouse.
The Mets are also hoping that Wright can become a team ambassador well after his retirement in similar fashion to the way which former pitcher Tom Seaver does for the organization now.
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