Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that third baseman David Wright will take his pre-signing physical — required to finalize his newly-agreed-to $138 million extension with the Mets — on Monday.
There’s no reason to think it won’t go smoothly.
Struck early Friday morning, the eight-year extension is the richest in franchise history, besting the six-year, $137.5 million contract given to left-handed starter Johan Santana in February 2008.
Wright, who turns 30 this month, will be in New York through at least the 2020 season if all goes according to plan.
The native of Norfolk, Virginia batted .306/.391/.492 with 21 home runs, 15 stolen bases and 93 RBI in 156 games this past season. He also played excellent defense at the hot corner.
Wright is a .301/.381/.506 career hitter through his first nine major-league seasons.
On Sunday, Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez hit a walk-off home run against the Twins. He was very fired up about his accomplishment and celebrated:
The Twins have already gotten upset with a player for bunting while Jose Berrios worked on a one-hit shutout. No one on the Twins said anything about Gomez’s antics, but even if they had, Gomez wouldn’t have felt any need to apologize, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Gomez said, “It’s something I know a lot of people are talking good about this, that baseball needs more of that. And some people say it’s not good. If enjoying and having fun in baseball is bad, I’m guilty.”
He added, “I was not trying to disrespect anybody. I was not looking to the other side, not looking at the ball. I was looking at my guys.”
Gomez also said that baseball is “getting a little boring.” His advice? “Enjoy it. Have fun. It’s competition.”
Can’t argue with that.