Will Wright’s Extension Rank Up There With Some Of MLB’s Worst Deals?
Nobody knows how much David Wright will ultimately get as Sandy Alderson and the third baseman try to come to a meaningful resolution on a contract extension that will keep in Flushing until as long as 2020.
What we do know is that Sandy Alderson said after the season that the negotiations will be quick, or he will begin navigating the trade waters.
A few days later, it was leaked that the front office wanted to get a deal with Wright signed before the World Series…
A couple of days after that Jon Heyman floated a number – $100 million dollars. Heyman said it was from a team source and that it was only a starting point…
He concluded it could take at least $132 million to keep Wright, but later that day Adam Rubin floated numbers ranging from $150-$160 million after speaking to a few MLB executives and GMs.
The numbers we are discussing here are mind boggling. While he toss around these astronomical numbers and try to figure out just how much it will take to keep David Wright in a Mets uniform, check out this piece from Athlon Sports who took a look at some worst contracts in major league baseball. These are just five, but check out the full article here.
1. Vernon Wells, Los Angeles Angels; 2 years and $42 million left on his deal.
Blue Jays general manger Alex Anthopoulos may never construct a playoff team, but his bosses were elated when he dumped this contract (originally seven years for $126 million). Not only did Anthopoulos save the club a ton of money, he got Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in return. Wells is a great guy, but the reality is that he’s making over $20 million a year as a non-starter. Ouch. Wells has a combined .222 average and .667 OPS in his two seasons in Anaheim. Double ouch.
2. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 years and $106.8 million left on his deal.
The speedy outfielder was outstanding during his (Devil) Rays tenure, but Crawford has struggled mightily since leaving Tampa Bay. His 2011 campaign was a season-long slump in Boston, hitting .255 with 11 home runs in over 500 at-bats. With injuries cutting his 2012 season to 31 games, the Red Sox decided to dump their massive mistake on the Dodgers. Of course, that cost Boston Adrian Gonzalez as well. Maybe Crawford will regain his form on the west coast once healthy, but his Boston deal just looks awful at the current time.
3. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees: 5 years and $119 million left on his deal.
Obviously A-Rod was once the best player in baseball, and he’s a lock (barring a PED protest by the writers) for the Hall of Fame. However, Rodriguez’s last two years average out to 110 games played, a .274 batting average, 17 home runs and 60 RBIs. Astros/Diamondbacks third baseman Chris Johnson and his $495,000 salary matched those types of numbers this season. A-Rod turned 37 this summer and is just an average third baseman now. He can make additional bonuses should he reach all-time home run milestones, so this deal is a dud even with the Yankees’ deep pockets.
4. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels: 9 years, $228 million left on his deal.
The baseball world cringed when the Angels gave a 32-year-old first baseman a 10-year deal over the winter, and owner Arte Moreno was not counting on missing the postseason when he inked Pujols to such a large contract. King Albert’s final numbers were solid (.285, 30 home runs and 105 RBIs), but his slow start set a tone for an underachieving team that should have been better. We all know the slugger’s deal will become an albatross in a few years, but missing the playoffs in its cheapest year was not in the plans of Angels management.
5. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals: 5 years and $101.8 million left on his deal.
This oversized contract becomes easier to take with the Nationals’ pitching leading the team to the postseason. Baseball pundits screamed at Washington in December 2010 for signing a .272 hitting outfielder who had never driven in 100 runs to a seven-year, $126 million contract. Werth hit .232 and knocked in only 58 runs for the Nats in 2011, and he battled injuries and only totaled five homers (although he did hit .300 in his 81 games played) this season. Werth turns 34 next May, so the length of this deal is scary.
Other players that made their list include Alfonso Soriano, Joe Mauer, Ryan Howard, John Lackey, and Mark Teixeira. Somehow, Jason Bay avoided inclusion, but mostly because he enters the final year of his deal. Thankfully.
You know what’s scary about all these deals? That aside from Prince Albert, the majority of all the players in the Athlon piece were in their mid-to-late twenties when they signed their contracts.
David Wright will be 31 years old when he begins any deal he agrees to with the Mets. Furthermore is the fact that his best season was five years ago.
Something to think about to say the least…
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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