I would go for it, the open market might give Wright more than this. But I think he wants to stay and will take something around this figure. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Gotta realize what you're buying here.
He's got an option for 2013, so with an extension you're buying age 32-37. There's a pretty good chance that he starts to show decline as early as 34, especially given some of the physical ailments he's had.
It's a tough spot. I want to say that I'd offer him 6/$90M if it were my negotiation and we HAD to go six years. But I look at his 2013 option for $16M and I realize I'd be "offering" him a paycut, which is usually a non-starter. 6/$100 isn't going to kill the organization.
That said, I'd definitely prefer something in the ballpark of 4 years, $65-70MM with a team option.
That way, you'd be buying ages 32, 33, 34 and 35. With an option for 36. You might still get stuck with some decline, but the impact isn't as dramatic.
David Wright is 29 years old.
The Mets will give him a contract extension before next seasons option year.
So for a 6-year deal it would take up ages 30-35.
He shouldn't naturally decline until 34 years old
Baseballreference having a 2012 line is still throwing me off. Got used to adding a year to the 2011 line. That's my bad.
As for an extension negating the option year... umm... why would you do that? Why not just guarantee the option year now, and extend at the back-end of it? The option is $16MM.
My point is, I always feel better the shorter the deal runs. I like 4 years and an option a lot more than I like 6 years.
That's where I'd start. Especially with a guy who's had some injuries that spook me (see: Stress Fractured Back)
But again, I'm a Yankee fan. I spend my days pondering what A-Rod's going to look like in another 3 or 4 years (while he's still under contract), and whether it's genuinely possible that Teixeira's in major decline at age 32 with 4 years to go after this one.
Trust me when I say... shorter deals are always better.
You do the deal now, you can make it 6-years but really its only 5 because you had the option year in 2013.
Ryan Zimmerman got 6/100 added on to his existing deal which ends after 2013. Wright may want to get a little more than that.
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