December 2012

Wright on Mets’ payroll through 2025

When the Mets signed David Wright last week to a new eight-year, $138-million contract, they committed to their franchise third baseman even beyond what figures to be the end of his playing days.

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Wright’s deal includes $15.5 million in deferred money to be paid in annual $3.1-million installments from 2021-2025, according to the Associated Press. MLB.com first reported most details of Wright’s contract on this blog.

Wright, who will turn 43 in 2025, is of course not the only current player whose name shoes up on future payrolls. The Mets still owe Bobby Bonilla roughly $1.1 million per year from now until 2036, and have agreed to defer $15 million of Jason Bay’s contract until 2015.

Originally slated to make $16 million next season on his old contract, Wright will instead take home only $8 million.

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Perspectives from a Winter Meetings job seeker

Ever wonder what the Winter Meetings are like? A friend of a friend of mine, Clint Belau, just forwarded a series of blog posts he wrote after attending this year’s PBEO Job Fair, an annual Meetings event that allows industry hopefuls to network and find jobs.

As someone who has now covered five Winter Meetings in a row from Las Vegas to Nashville, I can tell you they’re a whirlwind, with everyone from reporters to agents to front office personnel, players, managers and fans scurrying around. I found Clint’s perspective refreshing, and you can check out his blog posts here.

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Photo: R.A. Dickey and some candy-coated friends

After attending a holiday party at Citi Field and discussing his contract situation, R.A. Dickey stopped by M&M’s World Holiday Village today in Times Square. Here’s a photo of Dickey showing off his knuckleball grip to some new friends, courtesy M&M’s World:

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David Wright contract details

Below are the details of David Wright’s new eight-year, $138-million contract:

Salaries:
2013: $11 million
2014: $20 million
2015: $20 million
2016: $20 million
2017: $20 million
2018: $20 million
2019: $15 million
2020: $12 million

Wright will defer $3 million without interest in 2013, then $2.5 million per year from 2014-2018.

Incentives:

  • $500,000 for MVP award
  • $200,000 for placing second through fifth in MVP voting
  • $1 million for second-time MVP
  • $1.5 million for third-time MVP
  • $100,000 for each All-Star selection, plus an additional $100,000 for leading the voting
  • $100,000 for The Sporting News/Baseball America/Associated Press Most Valuable Player or Player of the Year
  • $150,000 for Division Series MVP; $150,000 for League Championship Series MVP; $250,000 for World Series MVP
  • $100,000 for Silver Slugger
  • $100,000 for Gold Glove
  • $100,000 for Hank Aaron Award.

Wright will also donate 1 percent of his salary to Mets charities each year, and will receive a suite on the road.

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Jason Bay on time in New York: “I learned a lot about myself”

Jason Bay met the media in Seattle Tuesday and had some interesting things to say about his time in New York. Among them:

Could you describe your time with the Mets?
“It was tough, obviously. I’m not going to say it wasn’t. But I learned a lot about myself as a person and a player. I tried to be the same guy, the same dad, the same husband. It’s not always easy. I tried to be the same teammate and that speaks volumes. Can’t say I was every single day, but the positive is it was a learning experience.

Anybody can be a good guy when everything is going great. When it’s not, you learn a lot about yourself. You can go one of two directions. I was proud of myself that I stood up and owned it. I didn’t point fingers. I just put my head down and kept going and ended up here.”

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Does this seem like a fresh start for you in Seattle?

“That’s basically what it was. When I got let go, wherever I ended up was going to be a fresh start. The chance to do it here in my backyard is nice. That’s all I was looking for. It didn’t work out for whatever reason. There was kind of a mutual split, just, ‘Hey, it’s not working. I want to start fresh, start the slate clean and that’s what I get to do here.”

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Auction items for Shannon Forde still available

Auction items to benefit Mets staffer Shannon Forde, who is battling Stage IV breast cancer, are still available. Some great packages will be on the block until Dec. 19. Fans can bid on them here: http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/Shannon.

Items include:

  • A private hitting lesson from Mets first baseman Ike Davis
  • Saturday Night Live tickets and a backstage tour
  • A private pitching lesson from Mets great Dwight Gooden

And many more.

Video: Wright chats with MLB.com

Here’s video of David Wright on the set of MLB.com’s Hot Stove show:

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In pictures: Wright signs eight-year deal

Some pictures from today’s David Wright press conference, courtesy MLB.com’s photo department:

David Wright is happy to stay in New York  Ben Platt/MLB.com

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What should the Mets do with R.A. Dickey?

R.A. Dickey is under contract for one more season at $5 million, after which he can become a free agent. The Mets are currently negotiating a contract extension with Dickey that could take him through his age-40 season. They are also weighing trade offers from other clubs, ideally trying to add an impact power hitter to their lineup.

Opinions vary on what to do with Dickey. So what would you do?

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Wright to play for Team USA in WBC

davidwrightwbcDavid Wright is among the first wave of big leaguers committed to play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, MLB announced Monday. Wright will represent his country for the second time; in 2009, he hit a walk-off single against Puerto Rico to help the Americans stave off elimination. One Mets staffer recently referred to that hit as one of the top five moments of Wright’s professional career.

The Mets could have one or two other representatives in the WBC, including R.A. Dickey, who played for Team USA as an amateur in the 1996 Olympics. Team Panama will likely recruit Ruben Tejada to play shortstop, as well.

Manager Terry Collins said he does not expect to lose many players to the WBC, which runs from March 2-19.

Other early recruits from around baseball include former Mets Carlos Beltran (Puerto Rico) and Jose Reyes (Dominican Republic).

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