AP source: Wright, Mets strike $138M, 8-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — The face of the New York Mets plans to stick around for quite a while.
All-Star third baseman David Wright and the Mets agreed Friday to a $138 million, eight-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The deal, the richest in franchise history, replaces Wright's $16 million salary for next season and includes $122 million in new money, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final.
A homegrown fan favorite, Wright is the club's career leader in several major offensive categories including hits, RBIs, runs and walks.
Wright is to attend teammate Daniel Murphy's wedding in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend, then travel to New York for a physical. The contract with the All-Star third baseman probably will be announced at next week's winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., the person said.
The agreement, negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson, was first reported by WFAN radio.
Some of the money in Wright's deal will be deferred.
Wright, who turns 30 on Dec. 20, would have been eligible for free agency after next season. The Mets also are trying to reach a deal with Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who can become a free agent after next season.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had said that signing Wright and Dickey to multiyear deals were his top priorities this offseason. Alderson, however, would not rule out trading Dickey in a deal that could upgrade the roster.
Wright batted .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs last season as the Mets went 74-88 and finished fourth in the NL East for the fourth straight year. He also had a .391 on-base percentage to go with 41 doubles and 15 stolen bases.
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