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David Wright signing a long term deal with the Mets is a “50-50 proposition at best”

Nov 20, 2012, 9:23 AM EST

David Wright

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports:

According to an industry source with knowledge of the discussions, Wright is a “50-50” proposition at best to sign a long-term extension with the Mets this offseason, as the two sides continue to negotiate a deal that would potentially allow the All-Star third baseman to finish his career in Queens.

Wright reportedly is not happy with the offers he’s getting, in terms of both years and dollars.  Puma says he wants “at least” seven years and $125 million. Which sorta makes me wonder if that actually came from Wright or his people, because if they were leaking his demands into the press, why would they put an “at least” on it, thereby pegging the lowest he’d accept?

Eh, that’s neither here nor there. Nor is the whole “50-50″ thing, really. Free agent signings aren’t exactly science and don’t lend themselves to probabilities likes, say, successfully navigating an asteroid field and such. Which, by the way, are approximately 3,720 to 1.

  1. zachcomtois - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Never tell me the odds

  2. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Reading Asimov again? Meh. Stick with Rosenthal.

    • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      PS – did an incoming baserunner knee him in the balls just as he was getting that throw off?

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      I’m trying to figure out if you did that on purpose.

    • Gamera the Brave - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Hari Seldon on line 1!

  3. mojosmagic - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Great player but that is a lot of years and a lot of money which in a baseball sense isn’t justified. If he absolutely can’t be signed the Mets should move him now because his value will never be greater.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      The years are probably a bit long, but I’d say the AAV is justified for Wright, especially on a contender.

      • samu0034 - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        I was just about to say the same thing. 7 years just feels like a long time to any guy older than 27-28, but that works out to less than $18 million per season, which honestly seems pretty reasonable for a guy of Wright’s caliber.

  4. Just a Fan - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Look at that picture! He looks like a clown. Nothing against Mr. Wright, but he looks like Forrest Gump!!!

    Could find a more flattering picture for the man? “I just felt like throwing the baseball” said Forrest Wright

  5. amaninwhite - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    What are the odds that extension talks began with Wilpon saying “As you know, David, we don’t have a lot of money right now…”

    • paperlions - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      I would say those odds are 0%, because a Wilpon has never been that honesty to himself about his financial situation, meaning he can’t possibly be that honest with anyone else about it either.

  6. umrguy42 - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Never tell me the odds!

    • umrguy42 - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      (damn. late again!)

  7. dkphilly1122 - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    7 years 125 Mill is a great deal for Wright…..I am sure the Phillies and other teams who need a 3rd Baseman would gladly trade for him and pay him that. If the Mets don’t wanna like the other guy said trade him now while his value is great and get the Max return. They are probably pissing him off now with low ball offers knowing they can’t really afford him.

  8. losangelesfan - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Mr. Colletti on line one.

  9. chill1184 - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    “According to an industry source with knowledge of the discussions”

    Translation: Puma pulling random statements out of his ass yet again

    Not exactly shocking since it’s the Post. (For the record the Daily News and Times do it too)

    Get back to me when something actually happens.

  10. sfm073 - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Why is even willing to sign with them? They won’t be good for awhile and he can get matching offers from any other team.

    • kkolchak - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Sometimes, guys appreciate being the face of the franchise, especially in a giant media market like New York. As for the Mutts being bad for years to come, next year is likely a lost cause but the Nats, A’s and O’s proved this past year that things can turn around quickly with the right moves.

  11. thebadguyswon - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Its the Post for one….so take it with a grain of salt.

    Still, they should trade Wright anyway.

  12. sdelmonte - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Seven years is just a bit long for my tastes for any player Wright’s age. But you know he will get that from someone who wants to burn the money.

  13. nategearhart - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    No way in hell that guy’s real name is Mike Puma.

  14. fissels - Nov 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    This may be his opportunity to “Escape from New York”

  15. iamjimmyjack - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    We’d love to have to in Anaheim David.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      And since Los Angeles is just New Yawk on the west coast, he would fit right in.

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