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“ESPNs Jayson Stark provides the year-by-year salaries for David Wright under his new agreement. Wright originally was due to make $16 million in 2013. The salary is reduced at the back end of the deal, so that the sides have a reasonable number from which to work off if Wright decides to play beyond 2020, when he will be 38.
Present value: $134,015,678.
2013: $11 million ($3 million deferred without interest)
2014-2018: $20 million per year ($2.5 million deferred annually without interest)
2019: $15 million
2020: $12 million
First-time MVP: $500,000 ($200,000 for second- through fifth-place finish)
Second-time MVP: $1 million
Third-time MVP: $1.5 million
All-Star selection: $100,000
Highest league All-Star vote: $100,000
TSN/BA/AP MV or Player of the Year: $100,000
Division Series MVP: $150,000
League Championship Series MVP: $150,000
World Series MVP: $250,000
Silver Slugger: $100,000
Gold Glove: $100,000
Hank Aaron Award: $100,000
Wright will donate to Mets charity: $110,000 in 2013, $200,000 per year from 2014-2018, $150,000 in 2019 and $120,000 in 2020.
Suite on road.”
“David Wright will take this offer,” ESPN.com’s Buster Olney said today, after speaking with a number of agents and officials who aren’t involved in these talks.
“There’s no guarantee that he’ll get that a year from now,” one agent told Olney.
Olney thinks Wright should look to Juan Gonzalez’s experience in the mid 90s. Back then, Gonzalez turned down a $151.5 million contract from the Tigers when he was the same age as Wright, 29. Gonzalez never got another offer close to that after an injury-plagued season.
While there has been non stop speculation since the leaked rumors of the Mets offer to their face of the franchise, David Wright, one thing is for sure, the Mets are all in.
Last year at this time, everyone was bitching and moaning on the silence around Jose Reyes. We all quickly learned why that was, as the Mets, according to Reyes, never even made an offer. The did not want to invest such a hefty sum into a player whom, at times, lacked focus and, the rest of the time, struggle remaining on the field. A player nearing 30, who relies on his legs for the majority of his offense, can not be heavily invested in when he is already experiencing serious leg injuries. While then I may not have been too pleased, especially on the heals of Reyes winning the Mets first ever batting title, I now am glad they passed, especially because Ruben Tejada is 22 and seems to be the real deal and it also leaves more space to try to re-sign Wright and Dickey this off-season.
Back to the situation at hand. Obviously, Wright is a different story. He has been the face of this franchise for the last handful of seasons, and means more to the Wilpon’s than just the production on the field, hence the lengthy 7 year proposed offer. As Buster Olney points out, all it takes is 1 injury for this type of contract to quickly evaporate, so by not signing now, the risk would be huge for Wright if he went into 2013 with the Mets on the final year of his previous deal.
While my confidence has always remained high, that Wright will re-sign, despite the numerous reports that tried to sway each of us in every possible direction, I truly believe Wright will agree to this deal. Just because he hasn’t agreed yet should not be cause for alarm. This is his future and baseball is a business. If Wright can squeeze out a few extra dollars, he is going to try, and if he can’t, he still has anywhere from $125-140 million on the table waiting for him. No matter what business you are in, when you are offered that type of security over 7 years, you are making the deal and life just gets that much better.
Collin McHugh will start Sept. 3 in St. Louis, Terry Collins said.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) August 28, 2012
This makes me happy, because come September, the Mets provide very little to look forward too. After his first start, of the dominating sort, this news is very well deserved. Now, I have 2 reasons to watch the Mets this September; McHugh & Harvey. If Mejia officially gets any starts, then that would be a 3rd reason, like a streak of reasons, which would make me even happier.
Also, Collin McHugh has a very good blog and I highly suggest taking a look. His blog, entitled A Day Older, A Day Wiser, can be found by clicking the link in the right column under “The Best of The Mets” section on this site.
If you are watching the Mets at this point in the season, you r watching 4 process, not results. If you are watching for results, I’m sorry.
— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) August 24, 2012