The New York Mets held a press conference Wednesday to announce David Wright's $138 Million contract extension that will keep the cornerstone third baseman in Flushing until 2020. "I'll never put another uniform on" Wright said at Nashville's Opryland Hotel, as Met brass is in the music city this week for the MLB's annual winter meetings. "I can honestly say I've never pictured myself in a different uniform. It wouldn't be as meaningful if I were to win somewhere else." Wright donned the Mets new blue alternate jersey, a spinoff of the "Los Mets" jerseys the club wore this past season, which will become part of the team's regular circulation this season after being unveiled last month.
More details regarding the terms of the contract were disclosed at the conference, including a full no-trade clause, as well as a restructuring of Wright's 2013 salary, which will see him earn just $8 Million as opposed to the $16 Million option the club picked up earlier this offseason. The majority of Wright's deal will be paid during the middle years of the contract, further proof that Wright is committed to helping the Mets spend money to compete now, a gesture all Met fans hope the Wilpons are willing to match accordingly.
Other Mets rumors from the Winter Meetings:
- Newsday's David Lennon (@DPLennon) tweeted "With #Mets getting $8M of relief on Wright contract for 2013, and a few million with Bay, feel they can add pieces and be around $105-110 M"
- Lennon also tweeted "#Mets also working on a trade for OF that could be pulled off w/o Dickey being involved, so could be some action later today."
- While nothing has happened yet, outfield rumors have persisted throughout the week, as the Mets look to add some MLB experience to a corps that currently includes Mike Baxter, Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Jordany Valdespin, who was suspended by his winter league club for insubordination late last month according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin.
- Scott Hairston is still a candidate to return, but the Mets are hesitant to offer a two-year deal to the slugging veteran, per SNY's Kevin Burkhardt (@KBurkhardtSNY)
- Jonathon Niese and R.A. Dickey are still being shopped, but will only move if the Mets are blown away by an offer.