David Wright Signs Mega Deal

Nov 30th, 2012

(CelebNMusic247-NewsDavid Wright Signs Mega Deal

David Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a $138 million, eight-year contract that would be the richest in franchise history, WFAN radio reported early Friday.

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The deal would keep the All-Star third baseman under contract with the Mets through the 2020 season, when he will be 37.

Without a new contract, Wright would be eligible for free agency after next season. Last month, the Mets exercised his $16 million option for 2013. That money is included in the new agreement, according to WFAN, which broadcasts Mets games.

The team could not immediately be reached for comment.

Wright batted .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs last season as the Mets finished fourth in the NL East at 74-88. He also had a .391 on-base percentage to go with 41 doubles and 15 stolen bases.

A homegrown fan favorite and the face of the franchise, Wright is the club’s career leader in several major offensive categories including hits, RBIs, runs and walks.

Johan Santana signed a $137.5 million, six-year contract with New York after being acquired in a trade from Minnesota before the 2008 season.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had said that signing Wright and reigning Cy Young Awardwinner R.A. Dickey to multiyear deals were his top priorities this offseason.

Alderson, however, would not rule out trading Dickey in a deal that could upgrade the roster.

Selected with the 38th overall pick in the 2001 amateur draft, Wright made his Mets debut in July 2004 and quickly secured the job at third base – a trouble spot for the team throughout its colorful history.

Wright has made six All-Star teams and won two Gold Gloves, compiling a .301 career batting average with 204 home runs and 818 RBIs in 8 1/2 major league seasons. He has often expressed his desire to play his entire career with the Mets.

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