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We learned this week that David Wright, the NY Mets superstar third baseman, has come to a contract agreement with Mets team management. He’s negotiated an 8-year contract for $138 million – the largest deal in the francise’s history, and beating out pitcher Johann Santana’s six-year, $137.5 million deal (though, if you were to average out per year the earnings by Santana vs. Wright, Santana would still make more $$).
Wright will earn $16 million next season and the remaining $122 million over the following 7 seasons. Terry Collins, manager of the NY Mets said about the deal, “This is a great step forward. It shows the organization steps up when they have to.” Wright is a big fan favorite, so Mets fans will probably be pretty happy.
In related news, Marvin Miller died this past week, on November 27. He was the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) from 1966 to 1982. Under his leadership he made the players union one of the strongest unions in US history. When he started, the average salary for a baseball player was $19,000 per year; by the end of his tenure, it was $326,000 per year. Now it’s not uncommon to see player salaries in the millions.