During baseball hot stove, lots of rumors circulate that perk our interest. Aside from Toronto’s spending spree along with Carlos Ruiz’ positive test for PEDs, the Mets are reportedly trying to sign David Wright to a long-term extension that would keep him here for his entire career.
According to New York Daily News Andy Martino, the Mets have offered Wright a seven-year contract close to $140 million. The average per year is said to be around $18 million. On par with recent extensions signed by third basemen Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria. Tampa reached agreement with Longoria on a six-year deal worth $100 million. Martino noted that Wright was perturbed by a similar initial offer early in the process.
Since, the Amazin’s have upped the ante hoping to retain their brightest star. The soon to be 30-year old Wright (Dec.20) is coming off a bounce back 2012 that saw him bat .306 with 21 home runs and 93 RBI’s. He paced the team in batting average, RBI’s, total hits (178) and runs scored (91) while also stealing a club best 15 bases.
He’s set to enter the final year of a contract with the Mets owing him $16 million. Considering the uncertainty surrounding the franchise, it’s imperative for The Wilpons to get him re-signed. There’s still talk that they could trade NL Cy Young winner RA Dickey instead of keeping him as their ace. If they can fetch a package of top prospects for the crafty knuckleballer, it makes sense. But you can’t let the franchise third baseman go. Who would go to games?
Over nine seasons, Wright has been a staple in the middle of the Mets’ order, slugging 20-or-more homers six times while knocking in at least 100 five times. The former ’01 first round pick is a career .301 hitter with 204 dingers and a club record 818 RBI’s. This past year, he surpassed Ed Kranepool to become the franchise’s all-time leading hitter (1,426). Wright is also the all-time leader in doubles (322), walks (616) and strikeouts (1,009). His 204 home runs trail only Mike Piazza (220) and Darryl Strawberry (252).
If he remains a Met, he’ll have almost every hitting category. It’s up to Wright.