The New York Mets have offered third baseman David Wright a seven-year contract worth as much as $140 million, CBS Sports reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the talks.
Wright declined to confirm the report, saying it has been “important to me from the beginning that these negotiations remain confidential,” according to MLB.com.
Wright, 29, has spent all nine of his Major League Baseball seasons with the Mets and last year set the franchise record for career hits with 1,426. The six-time All-Star, who has a career .301 batting average with 204 home runs and 818 runs batted in, is due to make $16 million in 2013, the final year of his current contract.
“Imagine the Atlanta Braves without Chipper Jones,” teammate R.A. Dickey said, according to MLB.com. “You just can’t. I think (Wright and the Mets) are going to reach an agreement.”
CBS Sports said the new deal could pay Wright about $20 million per season. The Mets said negotiations with Wright’s representatives are in progress and wouldn’t comment further. Seth and Sam Levinson, Wright’s agents, didn’t immediately return a telephone message left at their Brooklyn office.
The Mets also are negotiating a contract extension with Dickey, who has one year and $5 million left on his current deal, MLB.com reported.
Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said last week he would consider trading Wright or Dickey only as a last resort, MLB.com said.