Signing Wright To An Extension: How Long Is Too Long?

An article by posted on September 21, 2012

Last week, in a poll on MetsBlog.com, 67 percent of voters said the Mets should try to sign Wright to a six- or seven-year contract extension this winter; while 12 percent said the team should blow him away with an eight-or nine-year deal.

Wow, I must be losing it… It just seems that lately my opinion is always out of line with the mainstream Mets fans…

Six to seven? Eight to nine? For David Wright who will be 31 at the end of his 2013 option year?

Has the universe gone mad?

I can’t believe that almost 80% of MetsBlog readers believe that the Mets should give Wright a minimum of a six-year deal, with some willing to go as long as nine years… It’s mind-boggling…

In my opinion, this would make the Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana and Jason Bay deals look like the blue-light specials at K-Mart.

Three weeks ago, I posed this question to our staff:

If Mets dont come to an agreement with Wright this Winter…

Should they trade him before the season starts?

Robert Patterson – Unless they receive major star power in return the team can’t afford to jettison Wright until the 2013 trade deadline. Doing so will result in an even steeper box office decline.

Clare Lafferty – I sure hope it doesn’t come to that, but I don’t think the Mets should trade Wright. The fans deserve to see Wright play and hopefully a deal can get done. I feel that David wants to play his entire career with the Mets and he doesn’t seem like the kind of person who is in it solely for the money. He has enough of that with his endorsements alone. Let’s hope we don’t even need to have this conversation.

XtreemIcon – No. Every attempt needs to be made to sign him, right up until he actually chooses another team.

Dan – I can’t even begin to think about what would happen if they fail to sign him. How foolish would they look after they paraded Wright in front of the cameras promoting the 2013 All-Star game, and then when it comes here next year he’s either set to walk, on the trading block, or already gone. Sadly none of the above would surprise me, but he needs to stay and Sandy better find a way to make that happen. Wright is already making $15 million, what’s another $5 million per year?

Mitch – I think the Mets should let go of Wright and get as much as they can for him. I felt the Mets made a big mistake by not doing that with Reyes last year. If David isn’t in the team’s future, then move on, and start rebuilding from the ground up. By the time this team is competitive again he will be on the tail end of his career. Unless the team is going to bring in some quality free agents around David to be competitive in 2013, they should let him go.

Nick – I do not believe the Mets should ever trade Wright because I believe in the end the Mets sign him to extension. Jose Reyes always had the intention although he says he did not to leave and go after the money. Wright was a life long Mets fan and seems to want to continue being the “captain” here in the future. Although Mets will have to pay big money to him, I think ultimately at the end they have to in order to avoid losing more of the fans, and because they need some veterans here when they are finally good.

Michael Barrett – No, they need to do everything in their power to re-sign Wright, even if it means waiting until the day before he can become a free agent to get it done. He is the only All-Star talent this club (non-pitching, of course) has, and losing him would set back the club another four years. In no way should he be traded.

Jessep – I don’t see how either scenario is accepted to be honest. The Mets have about 3-4 months this winter to show the fans that everything will get better. Say whatever you want about Wright – they have to sign him. They have to recognize his value, and the public perception of this team’s financial issues. They cannot have any bad publicity this winter, especially with the All-Star Game putting them on a national stage.

Joe D – I don’t know… Maybe I’m on an island, but anything more than five years for Wright would be outrageous and risky and we’d be hard pressed to get equal value in terms of production. As it stands now, Wright may have already peaked in 2008 if you look at his career metrics. Additionally, wouldn’t giving Wright more than five years undermine the argument that Omar was guilty of signing long-term deals to aging players with diminishing skills? Isn’t that exactly what Sandy Alderson would be doing?

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