Multiple reports surfaced today indicating the Mets offered David Wright a seven-year contract extension, to start after next season, totaling around $130 million.
Wright later told MLB Trade Rumors that these reports are inaccurate.
“I have said from Day 1 that I want to play my entire career with the New York Mets,” Wright told MLBTR. “I remain hopeful that goal can be achieved. However, I am disappointed by the reports that I have read today, which are inaccurate.”
“I wish I could elaborate, but it was important to me from the very beginning that these negotiations remain confidential and private,” Wright said. “I plan on sticking to that. Sorry I can’t comment any further.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
“Inaccurate,” he says, which is to say not accurate or not totally correct. Think about it, that could mean anything. It could mean it’s close to correct, but not exact. It could also mean reports are totally wrong. We’ll eventually know the truth when he either signs an extension or not.
I believe my sources who have long been saying Wright is seeking a seven-year deal worth around $140 million. I wrote weeks ago that the Mets were planning to give six years and $100 million, which ended up being the team’s opening offer, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reported today that the Mets upped Monday’s offer to a seven-year deal worth close to $129 million. This plus his option would keep Wright in Queens for the next eight seasons, through 2020, which I’m told is his ultimate goal… that, of course, and $20 million a year.
Nov. 28, 12:18 am: The more I think about this situation, the more I start wondering and worrying about what could really be going on here…
Basically, MLB insiders have told me – for Wright to come out and say what he said – it probably means he specifically asked the Mets to keep negotiations private. And because it was made public, it also probably means Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon have presented their final offer. So, why go public? Why talk details with three different media outlets, all on the same day, especially if Wright asked them not to?
Perhaps the Mets expect Wright to reject their final offer? Worse, maybe he already has? Maybe he’s had a change of heart and is now set on testing the free agent market one year from now? Maybe he feels his best shot at playing for a winner is playing some place else? That said, if he does (did) reject their seven-year, $130 extension, by leaking details, the Mets can at least say they’ve made him a sizable, formal offer, which is something people criticized them for not doing last winter with Jose Reyes. Basically, these leaked details could shift pressure off the Mets and on to Wright, forcing him to defend why he didn’t sign a massive contract extension with the team he claims to want to be with…
Or, maybe I’m going crazy? Maybe I’m reading too much in to this, everything is on track, getting close to a final agreement, and rumors of Wright’s deal were simply blurted out by some random, giddy person with knowledge of the contract, it spread from there and Wright’s just annoyed it became public? Or, maybe everyone’s sources are just wrong? Or, maybe it’s something else entirely…