NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — David Wright and the New York Mets finalized a $138 million, eight-year contract Tuesday, the largest deal in the team's history.
The contract was agreed to last week, subject to a physical, and the team said Wright planned to discuss it Wednesday at the winter meetings.
"I've grown up in this organization and made lifelong friendships with teammates, uniform personnel and front office staff. I'm grateful for the opportunity to finish what I've started," Wright said.
Wright's new deal replaces the $16 million salary he was to have earned under a 2013 option in his previous contract. The new deal contains deferred money.
"We're thrilled for the organization and our fans that David will be a Met for many years to come," Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said. "As great a player as David's been with us on the field — one of the greatest and most popular Mets ever — he's been equally outstanding in the community."
Without the agreement, Wright could have become a free agent after the 2013 season. New York also is trying to reach a new deal with NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who is signed for $5.25 million next year and then can become a free agent.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke briefly Monday with Dickey's agent, Bo McKinnis.
"I don't think we've reached the point where there isn't something possible, but time will tell," Alderson said. "I think we've always said we'd like to sign R.A. and keep him in New York."
Alderson has been exploring trade possibilities involving Dickey.
"Something could happen on either front that would bring this to a conclusion, presumably," Alderson said. "I don't expect that's going to happen today. It may not happen tomorrow. It may not happen in Nashville."