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Executive consensus: David Wright will get a 7-year, $127 million deal

Oct 27, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with multiple MLB executives about David Wright and the Mets and he says that the consensus from them is that Wright is going to get a seven year deal for about $127 million. Add the $16 million option the Mets have on him for 2013 and it works out to $143 million over eight years.

One of the reasons for this number is that, according to Sherman, it’s important to Wright to top Johan Santana’s $137.5 million and Ryan Zimmerman’s $100 million extension with the Nationals.

Whatever floats his boat.  Seems pretty reasonable for a superstar of Wright’s caliber.

  1. dondada10 - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Get it done, Wilpons. This will go a long way in showing the fan base that the team is ready to spend again.

    • dickclydesdale - Oct 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Mets long term contracts like most in MLB are always a huge FAIL! Bay/Bonilla/Santana..They were smart to let the Dodgers sign Darryl Strawberry. Beltran’s was the most productive when he was not injured. So why flush $143 mill. down the toilet?
      Aaron Hill the 2b of the Diamondbacks is the same age and production as right and signed a 2yr $11 million contract. Better off building a young pitching staff with a good defense and having gamers then overpaid guys like Wright.

  2. alexo0 - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Is the team ready to spend again? I haven’t heard much about their financial situation recently.

    • novanation33 - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      I think it’s important for the Mets to resign Wright just from a credibility standpoint and to show the fans that they’re serious about winning, but if it becomes apparent that the two sides are far apart, they need to trade him. The Mets can’t afford another Jose Reyes situation where they lose the star player and also get nothing in return.

      • novanation33 - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        Sorry, that wasn’t meant as a response, just a comment.

    • xmatt0926x - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      The last thing I read on that subject was an article Craig linked on a post a couple weeks ago and it did not sound as if they were anywhere close to wanting to spend again, but who knows.

  3. js20011041 - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I don’t think this is a good move. If the team was going to be ready to start handing out big contracts so soon, why not go ahead and resign Jose Reyes last year? This team isn’t one or two players away from winning this division. At another time, I might say this makes sense, but how does this team improve? Teams aren’t letting their stars get to free agency anymore and the options on the free agent market aren’t going to be demonstrably better than what they already have on the team. They don’t know if Ike Davis is a legitimate option at firstbase or not. I don’t think they have a single outfielder on the roster that would start on a contending team. The catching options are not good. The starting pitching looks promising with Harvey coming up last year and Wheeler on the way, but Dickey is not a long term option for this team. If they were close, I’d say this makes sense, but as it is, they’re going to be paying Wright to be a good player on a bad team.

    I do have a question though. Does this contract necessitate that the Mets go after a guy like Greinke? Their options for improving the offense are going to be extremely limited so, maybe they go all out for pitching and try to become a Rays like team.

    • chill1184 - Oct 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      You make the assumptions that Alderson is going to stick with the same options at outfield which he’s not. Catcher I’ll give you because their isn’t much in the system as far as catching goes and the market isn’t all that great. Davis has potential; good first year, second year derailed by injury and ended year three on a high note. Pitching is actually a strength for the team, with Dickey’s knuckleball being a wild card.

      Greinke while a good pitcher has anxiety issues and the jackals in the NY media would eat him alive. Not to mention that the guy is going to want to get paid, one of Alderson’s traits is that he doesn’t roll up the money truck like Minaya did.

      • js20011041 - Oct 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        But how do they improve the team for the short term? They don’t have many impact position prospects in the system at all and certainly none anywhere close to the majors. There are a few decent possible free agents. Josh Hamilton would be a major risk, not just because of his off field issues, but also because of the age and injury history. If they could sign him to something reasonable, sure, go for it. But realistically, that’s not going to happen. Someone is going to give him 6 or 7 years and $100 plus million. Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Torii Hunter, BJ Upton, Shane Victorino, and Angel Pagan, oddly enough, are the only other decent outfield prospects. I also see a number of those resigning with their teams. I think that they have the right guys in the front office, but it’s just going to take time. They aren’t going to be able to build this team quickly.

        Also, I don’t buy the notion that Greinke can’t pitch in NY. Now, he may decide that he doesn’t want to deal with a major media market like that, but I don’t buy that he absolutely can’t handle it.

  4. charlutes - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Um no, that does not seem reasonable for a guy his age that has some injury history. Is keeping this guy going to make the Mets contenders? what is the goal here to prove they can resign a star? how will this do anything but handcuff them from being able to properly build a team? Let’s see who looks reasonable in year 4 of this deal.

  5. fissels - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    The Mets need to sign him. They may not want to pay what the market will pay but they have no choice. David is in a good position. If I were him I’d welcome the chance to go to a contender in a more hospitable environment than New York.

  6. proudlycanadian - Oct 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Trade him to the Yankees. I understand that they need a third baseman.

  7. sportsnut101 - Oct 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    This guy is not worth it n I’m a mets fan.

    Give him 5 yr 85 mill

  8. dkphilly1122 - Oct 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    As a Phillies fan I obviously would LOVE if the Mets didn’t resign Wright, but at the same time they’d be stupid not to. Without him they’re basically crap. Wright is one of if not my favorite player in Baseball. If the Mets don’t wanna resign him workout a trade with the Phillies for whatever they want in return, be worth it for both teams. The Mets are a few years away from being a good team again with there young players, especially Pitching. The Phillies are in the winning now mode, not worrying 3 years from now. Oh and Hamilton ain’t signing in a major city just like Greinke isn’t, they can’t and don’t wanna deal with the .media and perks of a big city. Hamilton will constantly be tested and watched by the media and Greinke just couldn’t handle the media with his anxiety and all that if he has a bad game. They will both stay away from the Big Real City teams who want them. Either way, all of my East Coast people get ready for Sandy, she’s on her nasty way, stay safe!!!!

    • js20011041 - Oct 27, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      Who signs Hamilton and Greinke then? I understand not wanting to deal with the large market media, but who among the smaller markets can afford them? Large market, large money.

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