Deal surpasses the one given to Johan Santana in 2008.
Barely 24 hours after David Wright said he was "disappointed" about inaccurate reports of a $140 million contract being offered by the New York Mets, the third baseman has agreed to almost an identical deal.
As first reported by WFAN's Ed Coleman, Wright and the Mets came to terms early Friday on a seven-year $122 million extension. Along with the $16 million due to Wright next season, the $138 million total is the biggest amount ever handed out in team history, slightly passing the $137.5 contract Johan Santana signed before the 2008 season.
The massive deal, at least for the moment, will quiet the rumors swirling about the troubled financial state of owner Fred Wilpon. It also now allows GM Sandy Alderson to turn his focus to Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who has yet to get a response to the latest counter-proposal submitted to the franchise by his agent.
Other than locking in their best offensive player, the Mets now have someone to take over for Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver as 'The Franchise' in the future.
Wright is already the Mets all-time hits and RBI leader and should pass Darryl Strawberry for most home runs in the first year of his new extension. By the time the 29-year-old reaches the end of this deal, he should own the entire franchise record book.