Mets sign Wright to six-year, $55M extension

Updated: August 8, 2006, 3:32 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- David Wright became the latest young player on the New York Mets to get a longterm contract, signing a $55 million, six-year extension Sunday.

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Wright joins Jose Reyes, who signed a $23.25 million, four-year extension on Thursday.

"It's been an exciting week for us," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "To reach agreements with both Jose and David means the left side of our infield is secure for the next several years. At the age of 23, David Wright has developed into one of the most complete players in the National League."

Wright is hitting .308 with 22 homers and 82 RBI this season. He has 11 stolen bases and was voted the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team.

Wright finished second in the Home Run Derby and became the 14th player to hit a homer in his first All-Star at-bat.

His current deal calls for a $374,000 salary this season. The extension calls for a $1.5 million signing bonus and salaries of $1 million next year, $5 million in 2008, $7.5 million in 2009, $10 million in 2010, $14 million in 2011 and $15 million in 2012. There is a $1 million buyout if the Mets do not exercise a $16 million option for the 2013.

"I have wanted to be a life-long Met and this is the first step in that direction," Wright said.

Wright, who was NL player of the month in June after hitting .327 with 10 homers, has been a life-long Mets fan.

"It's a special feeling to be drafted by my favorite team," he said. "To know I'm going to be a Met for the next six or seven years is going to be special."

With the signing of Wright and Reyes, the Mets have put together a strong nucleus.

"It's exciting for our fans to know that when we open our new ballpark in 2009, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, and Billy Wagner will be on the team," Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said.

Wright was key in the Mets 4-3 victory over the Phillies on Saturday getting the final out by making a diving stop with the tying run on third base.

"He's turned himself into a great player," said pitcher Tom Glavine, who earned the win Saturday. "It's remarkable to see the way he handles himself on and off the field. For a veteran guy, it's refreshing to see him get it."

Wright will donate $1.5 million to the Mets Foundation during the contract.

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