(Image Source: New York Daily News )

BY JOSH LANDER

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

The price was very right for New York Mets third baseman David Wright. The team gave its six-time All-Star the biggest contract in team history at $138 million over eight years. ESPN writer Adam Rubin told Mike and Mike, the team really had no other choice.

“He’s the face of the franchise. They let Jose Reyes go a year ago.  David is held in a slightly different regard and this ownership despite their own financial problems could not let David Wright go.”

But the story here isn’t so much the big-time money or the seemingly-infinite length of the contract, it’s more about the timing of it.

Mets’ owner Fred Wilpon got caught up in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme and as a result the team lost $70 million in 2011 and around $23 million this year.  As recently as two months ago, a Capitol New York article predicted the Mets were most likely about to lose the face of its franchise.

“...the salaries owed in 2013 already, along with raises in arbitration, leaves essentially no room for any additions, let alone the kind of raises to R.A. Dickey and David Wright that would induce them to sign extensions that would keep them with the Mets beyond the 2013 season.”

The other issue for many mets fans has to be recent big-time deal-flops such as Johan Santana and Jason Bay.

Santana has played in 21 games in the last two seasons due to injury and as one writer for Bleacher Report puts it,
Jason Bay’s lackluster play for three straight years has Mets fans begging for his immediate exit.

“They just want him gone. They only problem is, the Mets cannot do it. Bay still has over $30 million coming to him over the next two seasons. And in case you have not heard, the Mets have had some financial difficulties lately.”

The fear is that Wright’s contract will handcuff the Mets the way Bay’s has. But Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says Wright’s value made this lucrative deal a no-brainer.

“Wright plays third base, a position of scarcity. And he means as much to the Mets as Troy Tulowitzki does to the Rockies, Matt Kemp does to the Dodgers, and Joey Votto does to the Reds. All three of those players got at least eight years.”

Not satisfied with one star, the team also dished out a two-year extension to 2012 Cy Young winner RA Dickey the same day it released news of the Wright deal.

 

Mets Ink Wright to Richest Deal in Franchise History

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Nov 30, 2012

Mets Ink Wright to Richest Deal in Franchise History

 

(Image Source: New York Daily News )

BY JOSH LANDER

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

The price was very right for New York Mets third baseman David Wright. The team gave its six-time All-Star the biggest contract in team history at $138 million over eight years. ESPN writer Adam Rubin told Mike and Mike, the team really had no other choice.

“He’s the face of the franchise. They let Jose Reyes go a year ago.  David is held in a slightly different regard and this ownership despite their own financial problems could not let David Wright go.”

But the story here isn’t so much the big-time money or the seemingly-infinite length of the contract, it’s more about the timing of it.

Mets’ owner Fred Wilpon got caught up in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme and as a result the team lost $70 million in 2011 and around $23 million this year.  As recently as two months ago, a Capitol New York article predicted the Mets were most likely about to lose the face of its franchise.

“...the salaries owed in 2013 already, along with raises in arbitration, leaves essentially no room for any additions, let alone the kind of raises to R.A. Dickey and David Wright that would induce them to sign extensions that would keep them with the Mets beyond the 2013 season.”

The other issue for many mets fans has to be recent big-time deal-flops such as Johan Santana and Jason Bay.

Santana has played in 21 games in the last two seasons due to injury and as one writer for Bleacher Report puts it,
Jason Bay’s lackluster play for three straight years has Mets fans begging for his immediate exit.

“They just want him gone. They only problem is, the Mets cannot do it. Bay still has over $30 million coming to him over the next two seasons. And in case you have not heard, the Mets have had some financial difficulties lately.”

The fear is that Wright’s contract will handcuff the Mets the way Bay’s has. But Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says Wright’s value made this lucrative deal a no-brainer.

“Wright plays third base, a position of scarcity. And he means as much to the Mets as Troy Tulowitzki does to the Rockies, Matt Kemp does to the Dodgers, and Joey Votto does to the Reds. All three of those players got at least eight years.”

Not satisfied with one star, the team also dished out a two-year extension to 2012 Cy Young winner RA Dickey the same day it released news of the Wright deal.

 

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