For one day, there should be absolutely zero negativity surrounding the New York Mets. The embattled franchise has done exactly what it needed to do by signing David Wright to a seven year contract extension said to be worth approximately $122 million. With Wright’s one remaining season on his current deal, the Mets are committing to the next eight years for $138 million or so. This contract will pay Wright through his age 38 season and should give the Mets their first elite player to have played his entire career in Queens. It was a move they had to make; It was a move that was smart on more than one level.
First, the Mets are getting one of the best third basemen in Major League Baseball. Since coming up in 2004 as a 21 year old rookie, Wright has averaged .301/.384/.505 with 38 doubles, 2 triples, 24 home runs, 97 RBI, and 20 stolen bases per season. While he struggled with home run power during the first season at Citi Field, he has hit at least 21 home runs in seven of his eight full seasons. Adding to the package, Wright turned in his best defensive season of his career in 2012 by compiling a UZR of 15.4 and a DRS of 16, his best totals since 2008.
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