By Joe McDonald at 30 November, 2012, 11:09 am
"Regrets ... I've had a few ..." — Frank Sinatra, famous New Yorker (via New Jersey)
This is the way David Wright wanted it.
All along, Wright said he wanted to stay with the New York Mets and not turn to free agency next winter. Well, the money turned out to be right for Wright, as Yahoo! Sports' own Jeff Passan and others have reported. He signed a seven-year, $122 million contract extension Friday morning that will take him to age 37. Figuring in the final season of Wright's existing deal, the contract is worth $138 million, or $500,000 more than the Mets' next-highest paid player, left-hander Johan Santana. Much of the contract might be backloaded, and some of the payments likely will be deferred, but the extension still averages $17.4 million a season. That's something like one of the top 50 contracts in major-league history, according to Cot's Contracts. Wright will get what's fair. As far as money goes.
But cash alone cannot buy happiness. The Mets are still one big question mark going forward.
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