The New York Mets will attempt to retain third baseman David Wright "for life" by offering a contract worth approximately $100 million, CBSSports.com reported.
Wright, 29, has a $16 million team option on his contract for 2013 that the team almost certainly will pick up. Unless Wright agrees to an extension, he could be a free agent after next season.
Both Wright and the Mets have expressed a desire to work out a long-term deal that could keep the six-time All-Star in Queens for the rest of his career. However, that would not only require the Mets to offer him a nine-figure deal, but also to convince him they are set up to win long-term.
Wright had a strong first half this season before tailing off after the All-Star break. He finished with a .306 average, a .391 on-base percentage, a .492 slugging percentage, 21 homers and 93 RBI in 156 games.
In nine major league seasons, all with the Mets, Wright has a .301 average, 204 RBI and 818 RBI.
The Mets have another key player heading into the final year of his contract. R.A. Dickey, who this year became the team's first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990, has a $5 million club option for 2013.