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NY Mets give David Wright richest contract in franchise history

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03:24 AM ET 11.30 | The New York Mets want to be a good baseball team, and that starts with their franchise player David Wright. There was some fear that Wright would be lost the way Jose Reyes was lost to free agency last season, but those fears can be put to rest as the Mets have given Wright the largest contract in franchise history. After a lot of back and forth negotiating, Wright has secured a $122 million extension, which makes his original deal worth a whopping $138 million His new contract bests ace pitcher Johan Santana's then record deal by roughly a half-million dollars. More importantly the deal keeps Wright in New York through the 2020 season. The only question now is, will Wright stay interested long enough for the Mets to get good, which seems like it could take the entire length of this contract extension.

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December 1, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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yes and no-as we all agree- wright is a very good player- but not a 'franchise' caliber guy. so if the mets sign him to appease fans this year, but this sign doesn't make them better.they have so many holes - so the big question is what move(s) are they going to do to follow this one up? or a better question is WILL they make any more moves?cause if they don't start spending and investing- they will be bad again

It does show a sense of stability, something that organization really needed to move forward. You need to show future potential free agents you are still trying to win.

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December 1, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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agree-and in theory - it should also show the FANS that you are seriousand as I said - if this is step 1... great-but I am concerned that this is just a token move by the franchise to temporarily pacify all parties

It's a good move to keep a popular player, but the Mets need a lot of help. This better not be the only move they make.

December 1, 2012  10:41 AM ET

OK, but in 2020 he turns 38. I understand it, but who would have been bidding at those numbers against them? And unless you can put some bats around him, then what is the money for?

December 1, 2012  06:13 PM ET

There is no way I'd give a 30 year old player coming off of two seasons where he hit a collective .286 with 35 HRs an 8 year deal worth $138M. The David Wright of 2007-2008 was worth it. But that's history. A GM has to smarter than that. Well, at least a successful GM.

December 1, 2012  06:18 PM ET

Now if they could have torn up his $16M 2013 contract and signed him to a 3 year deal worth around $60M, paying him more per season than this deal, that would have been reasonable.

There are going to be a lot of teams regretting these ultra-long contracts which have been in vogue the past couple of years.

December 1, 2012  06:54 PM ET
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There are going to be a lot of teams regretting these ultra-long contracts which have been in vogue the past couple of years.

teams and owners never learn making the same mistake its =faillure!!!

December 1, 2012  09:15 PM ET

Happy for David he deserves this for being the good soldier during these past trying years....will the Mets and their fans regret this after 4-5 years probably yes...but hey you have to start somewhere....next will be to trade Dickey for a solid outfielder (Ellsbury ?) to go with Wright to start a nucleus to build around....

December 1, 2012  10:40 PM ET
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There is no way I'd give a 30 year old player coming off of two seasons where he hit a collective .286 with 35 HRs an 8 year deal worth $138M. The David Wright of 2007-2008 was worth it. But that's history. A GM has to smarter than that. Well, at least a successful GM.

A 5-6 yr deal would have made more sense.

 
December 4, 2012  10:25 AM ET

As fans we often berate players who chase the money during free agency and lament the "good old days" when players were loyal to the teams that drafted, developed and got them to The Show. Now the Mets have rewarded David Wright for his loyalty to them by adding an extra year to what likely should have been a 6 year contract at most, and Wright has demonstrated his loyalty to the Mets by staying with the team for what will likely be the rest of his playing career. As a Mets fan of many years, I applaud this move. Whether or not more significant moves come before spring training isn't what's important. Certainly more will follow next winter and I can wait while prospects and young talent develop and the Mets become a team, not a collection of players. The Mets will be competitive over the next 3 years, getting better each year. Let the young major league talent grow, be willing to have patience to let players become a team. It will be rewarded. It isn't always teams with the best talent that win, it is teams that play for each other, that have chemistry in the locker room. You can't develop that if players are constantly coming and going.

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