NEW YORK (WFAN) – David Wright is the face of the Mets’ franchise. Even when shortstop Jose Reyes was in Flushing, and Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran were hitting massive home runs, it was still Wright who represented the New York Metropolitans.
And although the Mets’ front office would clearly love to lock up their homegrown star for years to come — and have him finish his career in Queens — the club’s higher-ups have decided to delay the decision to sign Wright to a $100-million contract extension, reported CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.
The Virginia kid has had a stellar career in New York since his debut in 2004, but his production has dipped in two of the last three seasons. The five-time All Star batted just .254 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs last season, all the while missing 60 games due to a stress fracture in his lower back. And while the kinder dimensions at Citi Field should help boost his power numbers, the 29 year old’s nagging injuries are unquestionably a factor as well.
Couple that with the recent trend of escalating contracts around the league, and the Mets are unsure whether to pull the trigger, Heyman reported.
The Mets currently hold a $16-million option on Wright for 2013 with a $1 million buyout.
Over his career, the two-time Gold Glove Award winner has a .301 lifetime average with 184 home runs in eight big league seasons, including four games in 2012.
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