Reports: Wright Extension Hits Road Bump Over Deferred Money
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Mets have reportedly offered David Wright the largest deal in club history for a position player in the neighborhood of $18 million per year for seven years.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports believes the Mets are offering eight-year deal for about $135-140 million including Wright’s 2013 salary of $16 million.
If accepted, the extension would kick-in starting in the 2014 season.
Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays received a 10-year, $136.6 million extension on Monday. On February 26, Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals signed a 6-year, $100 million extension that runs through 2019.
Talks between Wright’s agent Seth Levinson and the Mets have hit a snag over deferred money. Wright has expressed his unhappiness over perceived inaccuracies in the way contract talks have been reported.
Wright refused to say specifically what irritated him in an e-mail with the New York Post.
“I wish I could elaborate, but it was important to me from the very beginning that these negotiations remain confidential and private,” Wright told The Post. “I plan on sticking to that.”
Wright enjoyed a terrific 2012 season. He finished the 2012 season with a .306 batting average, 21 home runs, 93 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .391.
He won back-to-back Gold Glove Awards in 2007 and 2008.
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