Apologies for a rather late “According To Sources” entry. I’m not feeling my best today and I only just now am becoming aware of the latest source entries and there seems to be quite a few of them.
If I have the timeline correct our 1st “According To Sources” comes courtesy of Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Rosenthal writes that according to major-league sources the Mets offered Wright a 6 year, $100M contract extension on Monday. Rosenthal writes that sources say Wright prefers a deal of seven years or longer. Rosenthal also writes that sources say the team is making little progress in signing both Wright & Dickey to contract extensions.
Then Andy Martino followed up with his entry to “According To Sources”. Martino writes that according to industry sources the Mets most recent offer to Wright is for 7 years and is worth well above $100M. Martino writes that sources say negotiations have been ongoing for several weeks with offers and counter offers having been traded back and forth between Wright’s representatives and the Mets. Finally Martino writes, “According to one source, Wright was “unhappy” with the way contract talks were proceeding — but that was before the team increased its offer to seven years.”
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York then chimed in with his entry to “According To Sources”. Rubin writes that a major league source said Wright had been offered a 7 year extension on top of the $16 million he is owed for 2013. He writes that a 2nd source that spoke to Mets officials said “they’ve been really optimistic” an extension will be reached with David Wright and the source said “There are offers going back and forth,”. Rubin goes on to write that a source familiar with the matter did not believe a deal would be finalized before the Winter Meetings though a different source said “It could, but it’s certainly speculative that it will,”.
So let’s review. Wright was offered a 6 year offer at $100M and a 7 year offer way above $100M. Wright was unhappy with the way talks were proceeding until the Mets made that 7 year offer. The Mets are making little progress in the Wright & Dickey negotiations but they have been very optimistic an extension will be reached with Wright and a deal will not likely be finalized before the Winter meetings but it also could be but that is speculative.
UPDATE 3:55PM: It seems as Jon Heyman is joining today’s “According To Sources” fray. Heyman writes that according to people familiar with the talks the Mets have offered Wright a 7 year deal for $135-140 million dollars. Heyman writes that the Mets people will only say talks are going “back and forth.”
Hat Tip to Prismo for the link.
UPDATE 5:50PM: In an update to an earlier article by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports he now adds the following. Rosenthal reports that a different source tells him that the Mets made Wright an offer that would be worth between $135 million and $145 million over eight years, including Wright’s $16 million salary this season. Rosenthal made a point to say the following, “The present-day value, however, could be lower — the Mets’ past deals with left-hander Johan Santana and outfielder Carlos Beltran contained significant deferrals, and the team’s offer to Wright might, too.” Rosenthal also said in a tweet that in new money it is a $119M-$129M 7 year extension.
According To Sources History
- 10/6/2012 – it’s conceivable Wright and Dickey will have new deals in place, at least in principle, by the time the World Series begins later this month.
- 10/9/2012 – The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for star third baseman David Wright.
- 10/10/2012 – David Wright’s camp intends to milk talks and draw things out until at least after the World Series, in hopes of reaching a better compromise at the last minute.
- 10/13/2012 – Mets could schedule a meeting and begin formal contract negotiations next week & it’s too early to tell if it’s still possible for either player to be signed this month.
- 10/25/2012 – Contract negotiations between the Mets and Wright & Dickey remain very preliminary and have not advanced to the point of talking years or dollars and they are still talking about when to really get talking.
- 11/6/2012 – The Mets are “not close” to a resolution with either Wright or Dickey.
- 11/7/2012 – Discussions regarding Dickey’s contract extension could see “a resolution before the month ends”.
- 11/8/2012 – Mets are not expressing the same optimism with R.A. Dickey in regards to “progressing, albeit slowly, in completing a long-term extension”.
- 11/8/2012 – Mets are “showing little interest in signing Dickey to extension” and are “discussing him in trades”.
- 11/9/2012 – Speculation that Dickey wanted a Oliver Perez type deal is “completely incorrect” and that a decision to sign or trade Dickey after the NL Cy Young winner is announced could be resolved pretty quickly”.
- 11/13/2012 – Mets made Wright an offer and Wright’s people have made a counter offer.
- 11/17/2012 – Mets plan to offer Dickey a two-year contract extension & if Dickey agrees to a 2 year extension he wants more than $10 million a year.
- 11/19/2012 – Mets “would want a monster package for (R.A.) Dickey, and if they don’t get it, probably would not trade him.”
- 11/20/2012 – “50-50” that Wright signs an extension and Wright is less than thrilled with Years and guaranteed money offered so far. At least one team official is “not sure” if Dickey agreeing to an extension is any guarantee he will not be traded this Winter. Finally that part of the reason for the stalemate between Wright & the Mets is because Jeff Wilpon tries to win every negotiation and doesn’t go for the middle ground.”
- 11/27/2012 – Mets offered Wright a 6 year, $100M contract extension. Wright prefers a deal of 7 years or longer. Mets making little progress in signing both Wright & Dickey to extensions.
- 11/27/2012 – Mets most recent offer to Wright is for 7 years and is worth well above $100M. Negotiations have been ongoing for several weeks with offers and counter offers having been traded back and forth. Wright was “unhappy” with the way contract talks were proceeding but that was before the team increased its offer to seven years.
- 11/27/2012 – Wright had been offered a 7 year extension on top of the $16 million he is owed for 2013. Mets have “been really optimistic” an extension will be reached with Wright. Source says it does not believe a deal would be finalized before the Winter Meetings but another source says it could but it’s speculative that it will.
- 11/27/2012 – Mets have offered Wright a 7 year deal for $135-140 million dollars.
- 11/27/2012 – Mets made Wright an offer that would be worth between $135 million and $145 million over eight years, including Wright’s $16 million salary this season.