Not because it's Wright, but by giving him the long term deal the owners and the Franchise will send a message to the kids: Play well, Play hard, Play tough and you will be rewarded. Here is your leader. He has, is and will be here through good times and in bad because we believe in him and you.
This is a VERY important concept to give kids like Tejada, Captain Kirk, Lurch, The Hebrew Hammer, NoseNiese, GeeWhiz, the Red Rider and I'm not even mentioning Wheeler, Harvey and Familia. It will make the aches feel less painful, the workouts seem more important, and the games seem more critical.
In short, it will turn them from 25 guys into a team.
It also helps control payroll. Look at what the Giant's did with Madison Bumgarner. They bought out his arbitration years and first year of free agency and will have cost certainty. Locking up an exception 22 year-old for the next five years for a max of $40 million with two club options is a smart move.
>You are 100% right. Tampa did it with Longo and Moore. It's a smart move on both parts. You get the guy cheap if he continues to develop, and the guy gets a payday that is guaranteed if he never pitches another inning.<
Wright had a bad 2009. A pretty good bounce back year in 2010, and then was hurt in 2011.
Not really declining. More like bad luck.
Sheeet happens in a career, if he has a great season i proclaim that he's back.