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The Mets held a press conference today with David Wright to announce his new eight-year contract.

Here's the least you should know...

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According to WFAN's Ed Coleman, the Mets and David Wright have agreed to terms on a new contract extension that will be the richest in team history << click to tweet this.

9:58 am: Terry Collins told?Anthony DiComo of MLB.com he will ask Wright to become the official team captain.

9:09 am: The Mets will not announce the deal today, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports on Twitter, due to a physical and other minor issues remaining. Also, Wright is in Florida with teammates at Daniel Murphy's weekend wedding, according to multiple reports.

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"David Wright deal could get done with one more conversation, but my guess - just a guess, not sourced - is that his camp will wait a few days,"?Mets reporter Andy Martino of the Daily News said today on Twitter.

It does feel like this is inevitable, though I bet Wright's agents make the Mets sweat a bit first. I was worried there for a minute, late Tuesday night. Wright's comments to MLB Trade Rumors spooked me, no question. However, be it Mike Francesa's comments on air yesterday, or Martino's tweet, or just things I've heard from people around the team and MLB today, it certainly feels like a deal will eventually get done. I also think far more has been made of concerns over deferred money, present-day value, etc. No one I know in baseball feels this would be an issue, unless of course the player just doesn't want to re-sign...

Also, I agree with Andy. I don't expect an official announcement next week at the Winter Meetings. However, it wouldn't surprise me to see speculative reports about an agreement between these two sides. In terms of a press conference, official press release, etc., my guess is that waits until later when everyone can be at Citi Field.

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"David?Wright will take this offer," ESPN.com's Buster Olney said today, after speaking with?a number of agents and officials who aren't involved in these talks.

"There's no guarantee that he'll get that a year from now," one agent told Olney.

Olney thinks Wright should look to Juan Gonzalez's experience in the mid 90s. Back then, Gonzalez turned down a $151.5 million contract from the Tigers when he was the same age as Wright, 29. Gonzalez never got another offer close to that after an injury-plagued season.

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The Mets current seven-year, $124 million offer to David Wright is believed to be their final offer, and it is back-loaded in a way that is similar to last year's deal between the Marlins and Jose Reyes, Andy Martino of the Daily News reported this morning.

Though it is not know how Wright's deal is structured, Cot's Baseball Contracts says Reyes will earn $10 million the first two years of his current deal, then $16 million in 2014 and $22 million each of the last three seasons.

According to Martino's sources, the Mets are now waiting for a response from Wright.

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WFAN's Mike Francesa said on air today that, after talking to Mets sources, he believes the team and David Wright are close to agreeing on a contract extension.

He catageorized the team's recent offer as being 'legit,' 'respectful,' and 'generous.'

"I would think that this contract is gonna get it done," he said, "unless he doesn't want to be here."

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The Mets current offer to David Wright is for seven years, and worth between $119 and $129 million, starting after 2013, according to a recent tweet from FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

Nov. 27, 3:39 pm:?"The Mets are offering Wright a seven-year deal for $135-140 million, according to people familiar with the talks," Jon Heyman reports for CBSSports.com.

Nov. 27, 4:15 pm: OK, so, to keep track, that would mean, starting today, counting next season's option, Wright would be under contract the next eight seasons (through 2020) at around $18 million per season. According to my sources, he's been?insisting?on seven years and to be under contract through 2020, which is on par with Rosenthal's report; but he has also requested $20 million per season, which is less than what is being offered.

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The Mets are still making little progress in their efforts to sign David Wright and R.A. Dickey to contract extensions this winter, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports, citing club officials.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets offered Wright a six-year, $100 million contract extension on Monday, according to major-league sources. ?However, Wright prefers a deal of seven years or longer, sources say.

This is getting old... and quick. I still think there is zero chance Wright is traded this winter, even if a new contract isn't worked out. I put Dickey being traded at 49%. But, I'm growing more and more skeptical that new contracts will get done, and that's ridiculous. I mean, if the Mets really want these guys back, just sign them already...

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The Mets have made a contract offer to David Wright, and Wright's agents have countered, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Rosenthal says the terms of the offer are not yet known.

Posted Nov. 12:?Based on what I?m hearing, Wright?s camp is thinking seven years and at least $130 million?guaranteed, while the Mets are thinking more like six years and around $110 million.?Frankly, that?s close enough to make me confident they?ll?eventually?find a compromise.

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Today in Coney Island, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon told reporters the team's top priority remains retaining both David Wright and R.A. Dickey.

Wilpon says negotiations are "on-going" with the two players, and while Wilpon acknowledged they are exploring other options for Dickey, that serves only as their backup plan.

Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, having allowed 192 hits and 54 walks with 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings. He became the first Met to win 20 games since Frank Viola in 1990, and is a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award, which will be announced tomorrow night.

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According to countless reports, David Wright and the Mets want to agree to a long-term contract extension.

However, based on what I'm hearing, Wright's camp is thinking seven years and at least $130 million?guaranteed, while the Mets are thinking more like six years and around $110 million.?Frankly, that's close enough to make me confident they'll eventually find a compromise.

If Wright was on the open market, I'd be worried. But, because I truly believe he's going to start next season on the Mets with or without a new deal - and because people say he really wants to retire here - and because the Mets need him - and because no other team can make him an offer right now - and because he knows he ended last year in a massive slump and next year could break his value as a free agent - I trust these two sides will eventually come together.

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Danny Knobler of CBS Sports?says, while negotiations between the Mets and David Wright have been slow, enough progress has been made to the point the Mets are not currently entertaining a trade for him.

"There's enough progress, anyway, that no trade talks involving Wright are on the horizon, and the Mets will instead continue to talk to Wright and his representatives exclusively," Knobler explains.

Knobler says optimism remains the two sides will eventually come to terms on a new contract.

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Today at the GM Meetings, Sandy Alderson told reporters he recently visited with David Wright at his home in Virginia, and said contract negotiations were progressing.

Alderson said they are mainly talking dollars and cents right now.

As I?ve said, the language from both sides indicates there is strong mutual interest to get a deal done. But it?s not reasonable to set a timetable on it, nor is it reasonable to think the Mets can snap their fingers and get a new deal done. The Mets have publicly stated they intend to handle Wright?s contract situation different than that of Jose Reyes last winter ? considering how that turned out, their words are encouraging. But actions speak louder than words, especially as they try and change the perception of the state of the franchise.

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The Mets are 'not close' to reaching new agreements with either R.A. Dickey or David Wright, according to a one person with knowledge of the discussions, reports Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger.

In his report, McCullough also points out:

"Yahoo Sports reported today the Major League Baseball Players? Association cleared the Levinsons of any wrongdoing in Melky Cabrera?s cover-up of a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. After Cabrera flunked a test with too much testosterone, an ACES consultant named Juan Nunez allegedly built a fake website to help Cabrera skirt disciplinary action. ...?In the wake of Cabrera?s suspension, Wright made clear he planned to stay with the Levinsons, who have represented him since the Mets selected him in the first round of the 2001 draft."
Last week,?Joel Sherman of the New York Post said on TV that 10 team officials outside the organization believe Wright and the Mets will eventually agree to a long-term contract?extension,?which they expect will be worth $127 million over seven years (in addition?to his $16 million option for 2013).

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The Mets have not explored trade and free agent markets yet, as they are focused on reaching an agreement on a contract extension with David Wright, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

?We haven?t talked about anybody,? a club source told Puma. ?We might have to concern ourselves with who is going to fill in at third base if David isn?t here.?

Puma says all other needs are secondary to resolving Wright's contract situation.

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The Daily News' Andy Martino says a person briefed on the process told him both David Wright and the Mets plan to "intensify" negotiations for a new contract as early as this week.

Nov. 1, 6:20 pm:?Mike Puma of the New York Post says while discussions are on-going between Wright and the Mets, negotiations are "stuck in neutral."

Meanwhile, Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger also says negotiations between Wright and the Mets have continued, but nothing was imminent.

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In a post to his blog for ESPN, Jim Bowden says the Mets have "shown the same cavalier attitude" they had in their contract negotiations with David Wright as they did in their negotiations with Jose Reyes last winter.

Bowden says, "Wright?s long-term future in New York is hardly guaranteed," and notes Sandy Alderson's willingness to let go or deal notable stars with the A's and Padres.

However, Bowden still believes the Mets and Wright will eventually agree to a contract extension of seven years and around $18 million per season.

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The Mets have picked up the 2013 options for David Wright and R.A. Dickey, reports Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The Mets held a $16 million option for Wright and a $5 million option for Dickey - both can become free agents after the 2013 season.

The Mets had until tomorrow to execute their option on Wright and until Friday to execute their option on Dickey.

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Mets are currently negotiating with David Wright on a contract extension.

However, while Heyman says the two sides have made progress on a new deal, negotiations have been "slow." Therefore, if a new agreement cannot be reached by tomorrow, the Mets will exercise Wright's option for 2013 first, and continue negotiating an extension.

Per the language in Wright's contract, the Mets have until tomorrow to exercise his option for 2013.

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In his column for the New York Post, Joel Sherman says "ten officials" outside the Mets organization believe if the Mets offer David Wright a seven-year, $127 million contract extension, in addition to his $16 million option for 2013, that should be enough to convince him to stay with the Mets.

The total suggested package would be for eight years and $143 million, and that would make Wright the highest paid player in franchise history.

However, all ten of Sherman's officials believe topping both Johan Santana's six-year, $137.5 million and Ryan Zimmerman's total package of eight years and $126 million are important to Wright.

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The?Mets remain in preliminary talks with both David Wright and R.A. Dickey about possible contract extensions, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.

That said, though Alderson has spoken to both Wright and Dickey about his long-term plan, and though he has told them both he would like them back, Alderson and their respective agents are still 'talking about when to really get talking,' according to a team source.

Earlier this month, Mike Puma of the New York Post said it was possible the Mets could have new deals for both Dickey and Wright before the start of the World Series.

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Last night at the Knicks-Nets pre-season game at Nassau?Coliseum, Marlins SS Jose Reyes told ESPN New York that he hopes the Mets re-sign David Wright.

"They should sign David (long term)," he said. "He's been the face of the franchise for a long time. If they let him go, that's gonna be difficult to see the New York Mets without David Wright. I can't imagine that. You never know in this game what's gonna happen, but I wish all the best to David. He's a good friend of mine."

Reyes played in 160 games for the Marlins last season, while hitting .287 with a .347 OBP, 11 HR, 57 RBI, 37 doubles and 40 stolen bases.

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