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Friday, November 30, 2012

Evidence of David Wright's Value


• Wright’s first full season in the majors was 2005. Since that point, he’s clearly been among the elite third basemen in baseball.

David Wright, Since 2005, MLB Rank among 3B
BA .301 2nd
HR 190 4th
RBI 778 2nd
2B 305 1st
XBH 513 1st

• Wright has always had a dynamic blend of power, speed and ability to get on base. In fact, perhaps no third basemen in the Live Ball Era has demonstrated his broad base of skills over such a long period of time.

Most Seasons of 20 HR, 15 SB and .350 OBP
Third Basemen in Live Ball Era (Since 1920)

David Wright 6<<
Alex Rodriguez 5
Mike Schmidt 4
Chipper Jones 3
Toby Harrah 3
>>2005-08, 2010, 2012

• Wright had a renaissance season in many ways in 2012, producing his best season statistically since 2008. As measured by Wins Above Replacement (WAR), Wright was the fourth-most valuable position player in the National League in 2012.

Most Wins Above Replacement
2012 NL Position Players

Buster Posey 7.2
Andrew McCutchen 7.0
Ryan Braun 6.8
David Wright 6.7<<
Yadier Molina 6.7
>>Best season by WAR since 2008 (6.7)

Mets Legacy & Contract Perspective
• Wright is arguably the greatest Mets position player ever, at least over an extended period of time.

David Wright
Mets Career

Runs 790
Hits 1,426
Doubles 322
RBI 818
>>Ranks 1st in team history in all

Most Career Hits
Mets Franchise History

David Wright 1,426
Ed Kranepool 1,418
Jose Reyes 1,300

Most Career RBI
Mets Franchise History

David Wright 818
Darryl Strawberry 733
Mike Piazza 655

Most Career Wins Above Replacement
Mets Franchise History

David Wright 39.1
Darryl Strawberry 34.4
Carlos Beltran 30.2
Edgardo Alfonzo 28.0
Jose Reyes 27.0
Keith Hernandez 25.0 

Largest Contracts by Total Value
Issued to 3rd Basemen in MLB History

Alex Rodriguez $275M, Yankees, 2008-17
David Wright $138M<<, Mets, 2013-20<<
Evan Longoria $100M, Rays, 2017-22
Ryan Zimmerman $100M Nationals 2014-19
Chipper Jones $90M, Braves, 2001-06
Scott Rolen $90M, Cardinals, 2003-10
>>According to most recent report
>>>Third basemen at time of signing 

Source: ESPN

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