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Reyes vs Wright: It's just gettin' started

Maybe I'm late broaching this subject site, but I'm a first time blogger here. Anyway, does anyone out there think that the differences (we're talking $30 million) between Reyes' and Wright's contract extensions will cause friction? Wright's had a phenomenal season that's carried over from last year, and six years at $55 million shows the Mets believe in this guy. But Reyes at only 4 years, $23 million? Hmm. I've heard all the talk about how well-grounded Wright is and how he's holding up well in the New York market. But at these new numbers $$$ he can't afford to fall off the pace he's set. The only meaningful stat where you can say Wright tops Reyes is home runs. But Reyes sets the tone for the Mets offense at lead off with his ever-increasing OBP, batting average, hitting power, as well as his stolen bases. And he's certainly no slouch at SS, either. Wright ain't bad at 3rd, but SS is where your best infielder resides and Reyes hasn't done anything to dispel that. With Reyes, I see a lot more potential, vis-a-vis, hitting for more power, refining his already superior base-stealing skills, and maturing physically, overall. For six more years at $55 million, Mets fans should expect Wright to evolve into a player who averages 40 homers and 100 RBI a season, as well as continue his polished glove work at the hot corner. A true tell: when the playoffs roll around in about a month and the Mets get to the World Series (who in the National League can stop them?). This is when the Mets will be on the national stage, and it's each individual ball player's performance -- and the affect it has on the team's success -- that will shape the fans' view of them. For $30 million more, fans' expectations of Wright will far exceed those of Reyes. If Wright falls back and Reyes shines, well, my friends, you will have witnessed the first salvo being fired in the Wright-Reyes salary disparity. Time will tell.

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