According to an industry source with knowledge of the discussions, there is just a 50-50 that David Wright signs a long-term extension with the Mets this offseason, Mike Puma reports in this morning’s New York Post.
“Wright is less than thrilled with the length of contract and amount of guaranteed money the Mets have offered,” Puma explains.
Puma believes Wright is seeking seven years and $125 million, though his new deal could end up incorporating 2013 making it an eight-year contract and the most lucrative deal in franchise history.
“Part of it is Jeff Wilpon tries to win every negotiation, he doesn’t go for the middle ground,” a person familiar with the club’s negotiating tactics told Puma.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
The Mets initially offered Wright a six-year deal, worth roughly $110 million, I’ve been told by people close to the situation. Wright’s agents responded by asking for at least seven guaranteed years and at least $20 million a year. << click to tweet this
I have no idea if these start after this season or next.
Again, I don’t expect this to be negotiated in public. Instead, I think these two sides will keep going back and forth, over time, and eventually find common ground. I believe both sides want to reach a conclusion, and would much, much rather get this done this winter than let it hang over the player, his teammates and the franchise through next summer.
The way I understand it, Sandy Alderson and Wilpon are more involved in the Wright negotiations than in talks with RA Dickey, probably because Wright’s deal is significantly more expensive. This is typically the case with any team negotiating a $100 million deal. I have no idea how involved Wilpon is in these talks, but I am pretty certain Jeff wants Wright to return, so hopefully it all works out in the end.
Previous updates and information on David Wright...
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. He can become a free agent after next season.
Nov. 20: The Mets initially offered Wright a six-year deal, worth roughly $110 million, according to MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone. Wright’s agents responded by asking for at least seven guaranteed years and at least $20 million a year.
Nov. 13: The Mets have made a contract offer to David Wright, and Wright’s agents have countered, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
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.