The New York Mets and third baseman David Wright
have struck a deal on the largest contract in team history.
Wright agreed to a seven-year, $122 million extension that runs through 2020, WFAN reported Friday. With Wright under contract at $16 million next season, the total package is estimated to be worth $138 million for eight years. The New York Daily News reported that the final year of Wright's contract was torn up and rolled into a new eight-year agreement.
The largest contract in franchise history before Wright's deal was pitcher Johan Santana
's six-year, $137.5 million contract that runs through 2013.
The 29-year-old Wright is coming off solid 2012 season during which he became the franchise leader in hits runs, walks and RBI. Wright finished with a .306 batting average, 21 home runs, 93 RBI and played well defensively.
Wright is a career .301 hitter with 204 lifetime home runs and 166 stolen bases.
---One of the winners of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday apparently used a sports connection to pick the correct numbers. Mark Hill
of Dearborn, Mo., selected numbers of legendary Kansas City Royals players on his winning ticket in the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, KTVI in St. Louis reported. Family members identified Hill, 52, as holding one of the two winning tickets.
Hill, a Royals fan, struck gold with the numbers 5 (George Brett), 6 (Willie Wilson), 16 (Bo Jackson), 22 (Dennis Leonard), 23 (Mark Gubizca) and 29 (Dan Quisenberry).
The two winners were to be officially announced at a news conference on Friday.
Hill bought his ticket in Dearborn, a northwest Missouri town with 500 residents, at a convenience store, which will receive $50,000 for selling the ticket.
The winners could opt to take a lump-sum payment of about $192 million.
---The Atlanta Braves traded a pitcher once considered their top prospect to the Angels on Friday.
Right-hander Tommy Hanson was sent to Los Angeles in exchange for right-handed reliever Jordan Walden, MLB.com reported.
Hanson, 26, posted a 13-10 record with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts last season. He has dealt with back and shoulder problems since the 2011 season, which might be a reason for a drop in his pitch velocity. He has a career 3.26 ERA
The hard-throwing Walden, 25, posted a 3.46 ERA with 18 walks and 48 strikeouts in 39 innings for the Angels this past season. As the Angels' closer in 2011, he notched 32 saves as a rookie. His fastball has clocked at up to 100 mph.
---The Kansas City Royals have signed infielder Chris Getz
to a one-year contract.
The deal is worth $1.05 million plus $150,000 in potential incentives, The Kansas City Star reported. Getz is projected to the team's second baseman next season.
Getz hit .275 last season in 64 games. He was sidelined for the final six weeks with a broken thumb.
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