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Mets sign infielder David Wright to a six-year contract08/06/2006 6:59 PM ET
The New York Mets announced Sunday that they have signed infielder David Wright to a six-year contract extension worth $55 million, with a club option for 2013.
Wright will donate $1.5 million over the course of the contract to the Mets Foundation. The Foundation and David will jointly decide on how the money will be dispersed to various charities.
Wright, 23, is hitting .308 (126-for-409) with 25 doubles, three triples, 22 home runs, 82 RBI, 11 stolen bases, 50 walks and 89 strikeouts in 106 games this season. The 6-foot-0, 200-pounder was voted the starting third baseman for the National League in this year's All-Star Game in Pittsburgh and, after finishing second in the Home Run Derby, David became the 14th player to hit a home run in his first All-Star Game at-bat.
"Today's agreement with David Wright is another example of ownership's commitment to sign our core players to long-term contracts," said Mets Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon. "It's exciting for our fans to know that when we open our new ballpark in 2009 that David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Billy Wagner will be on the team. These signings give our team stability and a foundation to build upon now and in the future."
David was the NL Player of the Month this past June after batting .327 (35-for-107) with 20 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and three stolen bases. Wright was New York's first-round selection (38th overall pick) in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft out of Hickory (Va.) High School.
"It's been an exciting week for us," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. "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 has constructed a .304 (379-for-1,247) batting average with 209 runs scored, 84 doubles, five triples, 63 home runs, 224 RBI, 34 stolen bases, 136 walks and 242 strikeouts in 335 Major League games over the last three seasons.
"The contract is a dream come true," said Wright. "As a life-long Mets fan this is the place I want to be. I just want to thank Jeff Wilpon and the rest of the Mets ownership along with Omar Minaya for having faith in me."
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