On Friday, David Wright signed a seven-year contract extension with the New York Mets worth $122 million. The Mets third baseman was due to become a free agent after the 2013 season.
Since debuting with the Mets in 2004, Wright has become the team’s all-time leader in virtually every offensive category. But aside from winning the NL East in 2006, the Mets have been a mediocre team to say the least.
Simply put, the Mets are one trick pony with Wright. By signing him to such a long-term deal, they tie their hands in terms of drafting prospects and acquiring veteran players to compliment him in the lineup.
While Wright has a legitimate chance of attaining 3,000 hits and entry into Cooperstown, I do not see post-season baseball coming to Citi Field so long as he wears a Mets uniform. The Mets are making the wrong move with Wright.
Yet it would not surprise me if the Mets were to do an about face in the next year or so and trade Wright for a boatload of prospects.