The Mets held a press conference today with David Wright to announce his new eight-year contract.
Here’s the least you should know…
Jeff Wilpon said Wright will be named the team’s official Captain only if players ask for it in Spring Training.
Wright has a full no-trade clause in his new deal, according to multiple reports.
Wright will be paid just $8 million in 2013, as opposed to the $16 million that had been due to him as part of the option in his last deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The overall value of Wright’s deal is a reported $138 million, during he’s paid the bulk of his money in the middle years.
Wright later told WFAN that when he met with Alderson in Virginia, they went so far as to look at scouting reports of the team’s young players and also looked forward to future free agent markets, to get a better sense of where the Mets are headed.
“I grew up watching Cal Ripken Jr., playing against Chipper Jones for these number of years, being across town from Derek Jeter,” Wright said to reporters after the event, according to ESPN New York. “I think there’s something to be said for that. … And it was very important to be able to finish what I started.”
To see video of Wright talking with SNY after the event, and to see today’s Live Blog featuring other pictures, notes and quotes from the press conference,
Here is the Live Blog updates from earlier today: