David Wright and New York Mets Reportedly Agree to Contract Extension
The New York Mets and star third baseman David Wright have reportedly agreed to a contract extension, according to New York Daily News.
The deal is worth a reported $138 million over eight years according to the report.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Wright's deal is now official after he passed a physical.
David Wright passed physical. Deal with #Mets official.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2012
Wright, who will turn 30 in December, led the Mets in multiple areas in 2012, including batting average (.306), RBI (93), on-base percentage (.391) and hits (178). He is also the franchise's all-time leader in RBI (818), doubles (322), total bases (2,398), runs (790) and hits (1,426).
Before making his professional debut with the Mets in 2004, the Norfolk, Virginia native was named the 2001 Gatorade Virginia High School Player of the Year and played three years in the minor leagues.
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The nine-year veteran is a six-time All-Star, boasts two Gold Glove Awards and has played in at least 144 games in seven of the past eight seasons for New York, peaking in 2007 and 2008. In those two seasons, Wright combined to post 385 hits, 63 home runs and 231 RBI.
Wright also became a member of the 30-30 club in 2007, recording at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases.
In 2006, the last season the Mets made the playoffs, Wright was stellar as well, batting .311 and knocking in 116 runs in 154 regular season games. In the playoffs that year, Wright tallied eight hits and batted .216 in 10 games for New York. However, the Mets would lose in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.
Wright has yet to lead the Mets back to the postseason since that season. New York has only made the postseason once since drafting Wright in 2001. The Mets haven't won the National League since 2000 and haven't won a World Series title since 1986.
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