Is David Wright Worth 20 Percent of the New York Mets' Payroll?

Jennifer KhedarooContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA -SEPTEMBER 20: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets waits to step into the cage for batting practice before the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 20, 2013 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Since arriving to the big leagues in 2004, David Wright has left an impact on the New York Mets. He's been the most reliable hitter, a phenomenal fielder and the face of the franchise for practically his entire career. But now that the Mets are focusing on piecing together a playoff-caliber team, should Wright's salary make up a colossal 20 percent of the payroll?

Yes. David Wright is absolutely worth the 20 percent of the New York Mets' 2014 payroll that Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog reported.

And although Mets owner Fred Wilpon didn't say many nice things about Wright in the New Yorker a couple of years ago, it is clear that Wright is the foundation of the Mets. Why else would the team sign him to an eight-year, $138 million deal? Let's not forget that he now has a team being built around him, including Curtis Granderson, who will provide protection behind Wright.

Wright has played well over the years. He is a career .301 hitter with a .382 OBP and .506 slugging percentage. Due to a strained hamstring injury, Wright only played 112 games in 2013. Still, last season was one of the best performances of his career. He was able to increase his slugging percentage to .514, which is comparable to his pre-2009 years.

Wright also posted a .904 OPS in 2013, his highest since 2008. And although he didn't hit as many home runs as we expect him to, he has become a more versatile hitter. Wright had a career-high six triples last season.

He even limited his strikeouts to 79. The last time he had fewer than 95 strikeouts in a season was his rookie year, when he struck out 40 times in 69 games.

Defensively, Wright has continued to improve from his dismal 2011 season.

In 2013, he posted a .973 fielding percentage. He has made some spectacular plays such as a tough grab against a hard-hit ball at the 0:54 mark in the video above.

Besides what he has done on the field, Wright truly represents the Mets well. He is hardly ever in the gossip columns and is most notable for his charity work benefiting children in need.

Even at the age of 31, Wright still has a long, successful career ahead of him. He's old enough to incorporate what he's learned, but he's also young enough to continually learn to play better baseball.

Wright's in the prime of his career. His numbers will probably go up this season now that the Mets have built themselves a pretty decent team. When a player is so successful and is the total package, a team should do what it takes to keep him around.