For months, there have been doomsayers warning of an upcoming Mets-pocalypse, casting dark shadows on the team's already shady finances. They don't have any money at ALL, the rumors went. They're just posting with David Wright and R.A. Dickey. Not only can they not afford what the players want, the Mets can't even afford their initial lowball offers. They're both gone. The notion wasn't that the Mets couldn't get the players signed to the right deal; the notion was that they couldn't get them signed to anything at all. It would been a devastating blow to already doubled-over Mets fans ... and it's one, it turns out, that won't be a problem at all. For all the talk, David Wright, who stayed quiet and sane throughout all this, will remain a Met, probably for the rest of his career.
The details of the deal slipped out in the middle of the night, and while initial reports had Wright signing a seven-year, $140 million deal, that appears to have involved some confusion about when his "extension" would start. The official terms of the deal: seven years, $122 million. Add that to the $16 million he'll make in 2013, you're looking at eight years, $138 million. David Wright will be a Met through 2020, when he will turn 38 years old.
That's a long time for any player to be signed; Alex Rodriguez, who looked deader than Dillinger in the postseason, is 37. Then again, the Mets won't be paying $30 million for Wright when he turns 38, and they won't have to pay him nearly that much every year for the next four years after that. (That A-Rod contract looks more gruesome by the hour.)
All told: It's really not that terrible of a deal. It's backloaded, only costing $10 million or so the first two years, which presumably are the ones in which the Mets will be having the biggest cash-flow issues. It averages out to $18 million a year, which isn't bad, and considering the revenues flowing through baseball right now, it might not even look that ridiculous in five years. And keeping your players these days is sort of what teams need to do; the free-agent market is a lot thinner than it used to be. It allows the Mets to keep Wright as a building block — albeit a building block in his early thirties — and, perhaps most important, lets Mets fans know that they won't lose every superstar that comes around, like they're the Royals or something.
The deal won't be officially announced for a few days; Wright is at David Murphy's wedding this weekend (aw) and won't be able to take his physical until next week. But David Wright, who already owns most Mets records, is going to be a Met for the next eight years. He is, for all intents and purposes, a Met for life. Someday he'll have his number on the wall. All he's missing is a signature World Series. He has eight years to get one.