It appeared that the Mets started things off by lowballing their six-time All-Star third baseman with a six-year, $100 million offer, according to FOX Sports. With Wright expected to refuse that offer, however, the team reportedly upped the ante for the 29-year-old. The franchise added more cash and an extra year in its most recent proposal, according to the New York Daily News.
The Tampa Bay Rays have already set a benchmark for Wright’s contract by signing third baseman Evan Longoria to a six-year, $100 million extension that could keep Longoria with the club through 2023.
Wright, who has played longer and with higher production than Longoria, is expected to wait for a more lucrative contract. The Mets have shown a willingness to keep Wright in New York for the rest of his career.
Wright rebounded from a subpar 2011 campaign with a terrific season in 2012, hitting 21 home runs and driving in 93 runs while batting .306. In nine years with the Mets, he’s totaled 204 homers and 818 RBIs along with a .301 average.
Wright is due to become a free agent after the 2013 season.