While most of New York was sleeping, the Mets and representatives of David Wright apparently were not. And neither was veteran beat writer Ed Coleman of flagship radio station WFAN Radio. Shortly before 3 a.m., Coleman broke the story that the Mets and star third baseman David Wright have come to an agreement on a long-term extension.
In the last few hours, the story has been confirmed by Mets beat writers with more details revealed. The Mets and Wright have ripped up his 2013 option and put next season into the new deal, making it worth eight years and $138 million (Wright apparently wanting to slot just above Johan Santana's $137.5M deal).
It's the largest deal in Mets history, points out Adam Rubin on ESPNNY.com.
The Mets had to keep Wright to have any shred of credibility with their fans. And with the All-Star Game coming to Citi Field next July, it would have been a huge embarrassment to have Wright -- the face of the franchise -- in another team's uniform.
Next up for the Mets: A new deal with Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey or, perhaps, a trade of the 38-year-old at next week's Winter Meetings in Nashville.
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