Okay, please stop acting like I'm saying this deal is fantastic. I'm not. Pretending things can't go horribly wrong when committing a near-decade long contract, which looks the part of a market-value deal, to a player hitting his 30's is silly. It's risky. Every deal like that is risky. But at the same time, that doesn't mean you should expect everything to just fall apart. If you see Wright as a 4.5 to 5-win player next season, which is a perfectly reasonable projection based on properly weighting his last few years, with standard aging and 5% salary inflation, he's basically worth this deal. Do I see Wright aging normally? I don't know. That's tough to say considering his very strange last 4 years. But at the same time, similar past 3B have aged well and assuming just a 5% inflation of salaries is probably conservative considering the cash influx of all these new TV deals around baseball.
Regarding the face of the franchise stuff, come on. Mets fans, besides you I suppose, all LOVE him and he could end up a Hall of Famer when his career ends. He's still a fantastic player. Don't act like him being the face of the franchise is some sort of bad thing, that's just ridiculous. I'm pretty sure you are the only one who keeps associating him with the failures of 2006/2007/2008 despite him being a complete MONSTER in those seasons.
C'mon, he is NOT a Hall-of-Famer, especially if the balance of the last four seasons is any indication of the player he's going to be going forward. Had he kept producing at a level close to 2005-08, he would've had a shot at it for sure.
It's not that I'm expecting everything to fall apart...it's just that the last four iffy years don't point to anything better coming, and I'm not sure why some are seeing signing up for more of this as some sort of slamdunk. Like 4978 pointed to, Wright has had some prolonged slumps the past four years, last year's second half among them. It was one thing when he wasn't making huge money...fairly or unfairly, with bigger money comes bigger expectations, and some fans are probably thinking to themselves "if Wright can get back to 2008 form...". If Wright continues to be as baffling an entity as he's been the past four years, and the team continues to be mired in the 70s as far as wins totals go, fans and press alike are going to get on him like they never have before. He'll be the face of the franchise alright, but not in the way he was hoping. Jeter and Chipper have been winners...yes, Chipper's Braves didn't win nearly enough World Series titles, but they got into the playoffs so many damned times. And Jeter and Chipper didn't do it all alone, obviously...they both had plenty of help...but you see those guys and you think "winners".
Wright has clearly done some nice things in his career, especially earlier, but we're not talking about a guy who's ever shown himself to be a great team spokesman, or an inspiring lockerroom presence, or someone blessed with intangibles. I think he's a formerly borderline great player who's now a pretty good inconsistent player, and I'm sorry, I don't build my team around guys like that. I definitely don't give them 8-year lifetime achievement contracts.