What Could Braun and Tulo Extensions Mean For Wright?

An article by posted on April 24, 2011

As most of you know, I’m not a long drawn out post type of guy, but I wanted to toss this out there for a healthy debate.

On Thursday, Ryan Braun signed a five-year contract extension with the Milwaukee Brewers worth $105 million. According to Ken Rosenthal, here’s how that contract breaks down.

Braun received a $10 million signing bonus and the extension pays as follows:

2016: $19 million
2017: $19 million
2018: $19 million
2019: $18 million
2020: $16 million
2021: $20 million (Mutual option with $4 million buyout)

Maximum value: $121 million over six years.

The $21 million average annual salary is the second highest ever for an outfielder, behind only Manny Ramirez.

Braun is 27 years old, he was still under his current deal for another five years or through 2015. When you throw that in, Braun is guaranteed about $150 million dollars through 2020 when he will be 37 years old.

Troy Tulowitzki, 26, was also under contract for a few more years when he signed his mega deal  $134 million over seven seasons through 2020, a deal that guaranteed the All-Star shortstop $157.75 million. Tulo’s new contract kicks in after his current contract expires after the 2014 season.

Both players expressed relief in that they did not want to end up in the same situation as Albert Pujols and wanted to retire with their current teams when their baseball careers ended.

Now enter David Wright, 28, whose contract expires after next season and who has a 2013 club option for $16 million. Surely Wright and his agent must be keeping a close eye on these two latest deals offered to players who like him are the face of their franchise.

Obviously, Wright understands that his bargaining power and any leverage he may have now, will be diminished if his negotiations are put on hold until after the 2013 season when he will be 31. It’s easy for a team to hand out mega-deals and extensions when a player is 26 or 28, but that ship passes once you eclipse 30 and surely Wright knows that.

Then again, the only lifelong Met I can think of is Ed Kranepool. The Mets have never really bred a star who actually spent his entire career with the Mets.

So maybe they will do what they’ve frequently done in the past and just let Wright finish his career with another team?

Perish the thought…

Some people in the know are saying that it’s a foregone conclusion that Jose Reyes will be with another team on Opening Day of 2012… Will the same be said of David Wright in 2014?

If the new philosophy of this front office is getting value or as I like to say “bang for the buck”, does this spell the end for Reyes AND Wright?

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