Report: David Wright Agrees To Mets’ Offer

It appears all over but the autograph.

David Wright reportedly agreed to a contract that makes him the highest paid Met ever and keep him with the franchise through at least 2020.

WRIGHT: Agrees to deal. (AP)

Wright said he wants to retire a Met and this will do it. The Mets already picked up a $16 million option for next season and will add seven more years at $122 million. He’ll be 38 when the contract ends. After that, depending on how he feels, he could play until he’s 40 then ride off into the sunset as a club ambassador like Tom Seaver.

Will the Mets overpay for Wright? Definitely, if based on his production the past four years, but he’s valuable to the Mets on levels that transcend what he does on the field.

The Mets’ credibility with their dwindling fan base is at a low following a NLCS Game 7 loss in 2006 and subsequent late-season collapses the next two years; that they are on their third manager and second GM since 2008; the Madoff scandal that lead to $50 million slashed from the payroll; that no contract offer was made to Jose Reyes last winter; and they made no effort to improve themselves despite a 46-40 record at the break.

With four straight losing seasons, what’s the incentive to buy a ticket or watch on TV?

It would have been next to nothing had Wright been traded or left as a free agent next season.

Wright is the current face of the franchise and might arguably be the Mets’ best position player in their 50-year history. Last season he became their all-time leader in hits, runs, walks and RBI and made his sixth All-Star Game.

When he’s done Wright will be in the position he always wanted, which was to spend his career with the same organization like Cal Ripken and Chipper Jones.

Of the top five players named on the Hall of Fame ballot – Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio – only one, Biggio, played his entire career with the same team. (Biggio’s teammate also played his major league career with the Astros, but was drafted by Boston.)

I wrote yesterday that signing Wright means nothing if the Mets don’t add around him and I stand by that sentiment. Keeping Wright lends an appearance of stability, that if the Mets are willing to spend, it should attract future free agents.

Getting Wright done now enables the Mets to concentrate on R.A. Dickey, whose $5 million option for 2013 was picked up. Dickey said signing Wright would play a big part in his desire to return. Dickey also said he will not negotiate during the season.

Perhaps more importantly, it should signal to the younger players – Jon Niese, Matt Harvey and Ike Davis – that they intend not to have a revolving door every winter and being a career Met has value.

We shall see.

2 thoughts on “Report: David Wright Agrees To Mets’ Offer

  1. John, I agree they need to add talent around him. The message this sends to players both on the team and elsewhere is that the Mets will spend to keep talent. That is key to attracting FA’s.
    All teams overpay to keep guys, or to sign FA’s. Think BJ Upton is really worth $15 million per for 5 years? Derek Lowe was overpaid the same year Ollie was. Look at the Yankees.
    The key is to make sure you have a good farm system in place to fill in holes with low priced talent when needed. You don’t need $20 m players at all 8 starting positions. You can do it with a couple, as long as they are surrounded with talented guys. And of course so long as you spend the money on talented players, not Ollie Perez or Luis Castillo. Or even a Pedro Martinez.
    Frankly, I think 2011 shuold be thrown out given the amount of time he missed with injury. Looking at 2012 and 2009 and 2010, he may not wind up being overpaid, when you look at the advanced stats that weigh production versus pay.
    The popular opinion is that Beltran was overpaid, but metrics show he was actually worth it.

  2. Ed: Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I definitely agree with you on Beltran. He was worth the money. The key is the farm system. For all the talk about them buying the World Series, the core of the Yankees was home grown and smart trading. Not only was there the core four, but those World Series teams had Bernie Williams and Ramiro Mendoza (farm) and Paul O’Neill, David Cone and Clemens (trades), in addition to the free agents. Yes, the Mets overpaid. We knew they would have to, but there’s more to the investment than his stats, which, when healthy, are very good. Thanks.-JD