The Mets have made it publicly known that they intend to do everything within their power to resign David Wright. Rather than shying away from talking about negotiations, the Mets are using terms like “star” and “ambassador” referring nto Wright. Likewise, Wright is using terms like “loyal” when refering to himself - even mentioning how he grew up idolizing Cal Ripken Jr. for spending his entire Hall of Fame career with one team.
This afternoon, Jon Heyman of CBS reported that the Mets will make their first offer to Wright in the range of $100 million. He also said that that number is likely $60 to $80 million off the number Wright’s agents will lead with.
Wright’s contract is likely to rival then surpass his childhood friend and fellow third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman. He signed and extension two years before free agency for six years, $100 million. Add that to to the two reaming years and it equals eight years, $126 million. If you take Wright’s $16 million option for 2013 at a given, then it will likely take another $115 to $130 million to lock Wright into being a Met for life.
A source close to the Mets told Heyman that they will take most of October to negotiate with Wright before even picking up his 2013 extension. It is then, and only if no progress is made, that the Mets will continue to negoate while also fielding trade offers for the six-time All-Star.