The David Wright saga is over. The Mets and David Wright finally agreed on an eight year $138 million dollar contract. Based on Evan Longoria’s recent extension, and the absurd contract the Braves gave to B.J. Upton, the Mets had to realize that signing Wright at $17 Million per season is fair market value.
This is actually unfamiliar territory for the Mets, who tend to let homegrown talent leave rather than retire in a Mets uniform. Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Tug McGraw, Daryl Strawberry, Jerry Koosman, Lenny Dykstra, Jon Matlack, and others have all been dealt, released, or left for free agency. Even stars that come to the Mets via trade or free agency rarely retire as a Met. Met fans have seen Mike Piazza, Jesse Orosco, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, John Franco, David Cone, Ron Darling, and others, not only leave, but excel for other teams.
And so this contract doesn’t guarantee that the Mets won’t someday trade Wright as well. And with their history, it sure doesn’t bode well for their other high profile potential free agent, R.A. Dickey, retiring a Met. But for one day, all seems Wright in Flushing.