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The Mets are expected to offer “in the neighborhood of $100 million” to David Wright

Oct 9, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

David Wright

Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are preparing an offer for David Wright:

The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for star third baseman David Wright, people familiar with the team’s thinking said.

That had better be a big neighborhood, because $100 million seems kind of low to me. I realize that Wright has one more year until free agency, but in a world where Ryan Zimmerman got around $100 million, Wright should expect more.  I’d think that, given his defense and his importance to the team, he’d be a lot closer to Miguel Cabrera‘s $152.3 million deal than down “in the neighborhood” of $100 million.  Splitting the difference between those two at least.

Still, it’s early for negotiations with Wright, so any effort at this point is probably welcome. I just figure that Wright is gonna want to see a bigger number.

  1. bennyandthemets - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    A whole article by Craig without one single comment trolling the Mets? #Mayans

  2. legacybroken - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    They might be able to get him for a Zimmerman deal. Wright has always come off as a good dude who may be willing to give the Mets a mini discount.

    • stex52 - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      I touched on this below. It’s an unpleasant reality of baseball. The timing of the rest of his career matches up badly with when the Mets will be competitive again. The 100 MM+ is better spent on other player development. The best thing for Wright and the Mets is to let him walk.

  3. hackerjay - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Zimmerman was 23 and Cabrera was 25 when they signed their contracts. Wright is 30, and just had his first great year since 2008, and even that was not without concern seeing as though he hit a pretty crappy .258/.334/.416 in the second hald after having an unsustainable .385 BABIP in the first half.

    The Mets (or anyone else for that matter) will regret giving him $100+ million.

    • shuusin - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Zimmerman signed his $100M contract at the beginning of this season, at 28.

      • hackerjay - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Good call, I was thinking of his first contract. Forgot about the extension.

        Still, that was for his ages 27-34 seasons, which is still quite a bit younger then Wright, and Zimmerman has been the better player over the last four years, so I don’t really see why Wright should get any more then Zimmerman did, and I would certainly offer him less.

  4. darthicarus - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    “The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for 50 years.”

    • Gardenhire's Cat - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      The years are not that unprecedented; just ask Bobby Bonilla.

    • Gardenhire's Cat - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      Fail at using HTML tags

  5. pisano - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Apparently these owners didn’t learn from the Arod signing. The Yankees are on the hook for another five years and imagine the fall off of Arod between now and then. The owners greed is killing them.

    • ezthinking - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      ARod signed his ‘new’ 10 year deal coming into his age 32/33 season in 2008. Wright will get 5-6 years. $20 mil/yr easily. I’d say the Mets see the market about right. Otherwise, the Angels, White Sox, Baltimore, and the like will ride in with mountains of cash.

  6. bennyandthemets - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    I expect Wright to get around 6/120

  7. thebadguyswon - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Craig can’t troll anyone right now.

    • indaburg - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      It’s Craig’s blog. It’s not trolling if it’s his.

  8. Francisco (FC) - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    I just figure that Wright is gonna want to see a bigger number.

    Negotiator passes piece of paper to David. David opens paper looks at it and gives it back:

    “I’m going to want to see a bigger number”.

    “Sure!” Negotiator tears off new piece of paper and writes a new number. Passes it to David who opens it, looks at it and glances towards the Negotiator:

    “This is the same number.”

    “No it’s BIGGER! See how I made it fit the entire strip?” Negotiator points to paper.

    David rubs his eyes and sighs.

    • indaburg - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Sadly, I think your version of the negotiations is probably right on.

  9. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Why would he stay in NY n play for the Mets??? They stink, the fans dont show up, no chance of competing in the next 4yrs. Like seriously why would he ever give them a discount to stay n play for the doormat of the NL East. If he wants to stay in NY that bad wait a year and the NYY will back up the cash truck n dump 150MM+ in his lap.

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      Somewhere a village is calling.

      • pisano - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

        ….and the idiot is on this page.

      • illadelphiasphinest - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        O yea the Mets are great aren’t they!? When’s the last time the won the WS….32yrs ago???
        When the last time they made the playoffs…..6yrs ago. Lets take a look at their record over the last 6yrs.
        2012/ 74-88/ 24 games back. Look out thats improvement! Very competitive.
        2011/ 77-85/ 25 games back. Super COMPETITIVE
        2010/ 79-83/ 18 games back. Good work fellas
        2009/ 70-92/ 23 games back. Call of the NL East baby!!!
        2008/ 89-73/ 3 games back. Look out another winning season!
        2007/ 88-74/ 1 game back. The begining of the end. Recall that collaps?
        So the Mets are actually getting worse. So as an aging player why in the world would he wanna resign with them at a discount?
        You delusional, silly Mets fans crack me up!!!!

      • stex52 - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        26 years, but who’s counting? They should let Wright walk because he doesn’t fit into any reasonable projection of where they will be when they are good again. Painful, but true.

    • chill1184 - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Same principals should be asked on why would someone play for your pathetic Eagles. Loved how that dream team of yours worked out for you last season 8-8 and since you lost to my Steelers last week fans are calling for Vick’s head which is hilarious. Since you cheese stake eating scum were screaming Super Bowl after you acquired him but having won anything other than a division title and a first round exit. By the way when was the last Super Bowl for the Eagles again?

      Of course thats not all, how about those Flyers? Screaming Stanley Cup (when was your last one again?) after defeating the Penguins but of course you ran into my Devils who also kicked your ass 4 games to 1. The fact that another Philidouchia team thugged it up by the hit on Zubrus was another example on how Philly loves its thug players.

  10. nightman13 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Anybody else think he looks like Mr. Bean in that picture?

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      That picture is great! I was just getting ready to give Craig props for it.

  11. willclarkgameface - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    If offered, this deal isn’t worth it.

    Besides, aren’t the Mets supposed to have financial “issues” while paying back all that money they schemed away from folks?

    All this will be is “hey, sorry man” to the fanbase for letting Jose Reyes walk.

    Too much money.

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