If you are a New York Mets fan, life may have just gotten a little easier on you. There may not have been a winning season in Queens since 2008, but the players are there to make it happen assuming everything else can fall into place. You will also be happy to know that start third baseman, David Wright has inked a contract extension. He has signed for another 7 years in a contract that is reportedly worth $122 million.
David Wright graduated from a high school in New Jersey, and he planned on attending Georgia Tech on a baseball scholarship to study engineering. Of course, he did not end up needing to be an engineer in the working world because he has always been successful at operating his bat, glove and arm. Wright put up some monster numbers while in high school, but statistics would lead us to believe he has only increased his performance while playing in the big leagues.
Over his career (2004-2008), Wright has batted .301, which is a higher mark over 8 years than a lot of players bat in one season. He has also driven 818 runs, and he has personally scored nearly that many with the 790 runs credited to his name. Of course, part of his ability to score runs is not only credited to his high batting average; but also his 166 stolen bases. His 204 homeruns certainly are nowhere near any type of record, but it still averages out to around 20 homeruns per season, which is not bad at all for a third baseman.
Assuming Wright stays around for the full seven years on his contract, he would be 36-years old when it expires. While some guys have played into their 40s, most of them are pitchers. If this holds true, Wright would be the first household-name type player to ever stay with the Mets throughout his whole career, which would bring some new pride into the Mets’ community.
Although the actual extension on the contract is worth $122 million, the Mets are also throwing his 2013 salary in with it, which will make it worth a grand total of $138 million. It is still far short of the record-breaking contracts we have seen award to Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols, but it will still be the largest, by $500,000, in Mets’ history, which gives Wright some bragging rights.