The Mets have made a contract offer to David Wright, and Wright’s agents have countered, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Rosenthal says the terms of the offer are not yet known.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:Posted Nov. 12: Based on what I’m hearing, Wright’s camp is thinking seven years and at least $130 million guaranteed, while the Mets are thinking more like six years and around $110 million. Frankly, that’s close enough to make me confident they’ll eventually find a compromise.
If Wright was on the open market, I’d be worried. But, because I truly believe he’s going to start next season on the Mets with or without a new deal – and because people say he really wants to retire here – and because the Mets need him – and because no other team can make him an offer right now – and because he knows he ended last year in a massive slump and next year could break his value as a free agent – I trust these two sides will eventually come together.
I don’t expect this to be negotiated in public. Instead, I expect to read statements that kick this story down the road (like this tweet from Rosenthal), taking it deeper in to the off season than most fans are probably comfortable with. This will inevitably fuel skepticism. But, my hope is that one day this winter, out of no place, someone will report a deal is done and that will be that.
Previous updates on David Wright...
Contract: Wright just completed the final year Wright of a six-year, $55 million contract he signed during the 2006 season. The Mets exercised their $16 million club option for 2013, and can become a free agent after next season.
Reports and Posts:
- Nov. 8: The Mets are not looking to trade David Wright at this time, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
- Oct 30: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Mets are currently negotiating with David Wright on a contract extension, although progress on a new deal has been slow between the two sides.
- Oct 27: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says “ten officials” outside the Mets organization believe if the Mets offer David Wright a seven-year, $127 million contract extension, in addition to his $16 million option for 2013, that should be enough to convince him to stay with the Mets.