New York Mets third baseman David Wright is the recipient of the largest contract in the team’s history, according to YouWager experts.
The 29 year-old has agreed to a new package that will keep him with New York through at least 2020. The deal is worth slightly less than $140 million.Both the player and the Mets agreed to the final financial terms earlier this morning.
Wright had been under New York’s control for next season at $16 million. The new deal should lock in the third baseman for seven additional years at approximately $122 million.
The total package will surpass the six-year, $137.5 million deal Johan Santana agreed to as a prerequisite of being traded to the Mets.
The MLB baseball team’s officials have hoped Wright will become an ambassador for the organization after his playing career — a role Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver currently serves.
This contract also is a gesture of goodwill toward the fan base, which was widely upset by the Mets’ passive attempt to re-sign shortstop Jose Reyes the previous offseason, when he went free agency.
Now that the Mets have secured Wright they can ideally concentrate more on re-signing another All-Star in Cy Young winner Dickey. Dickey is under contract for just 2013 at $5 million.
A MLB source has stated that Dickey only seeks a two-year extension on top of his 2013 deal.