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Report: David Wright expected to reject Mets' contract offer

David Wright celebrates his seventh inning two-run single

David Wright celebrates his seventh inning two-run single against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. The hit was the 1,418th hit of his career, tying him with Ed Kranpool on top of the Mets' all-time hit list. (Sept. 25, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Mets have made David Wright an offer he's expected to refuse.

According to FoxSports.com, the Mets offered their third baseman a six-year $100 million extension, which would take him through 2019. The offer matches contracts awarded to other elite third basemen: the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and the Rays' Evan Longoria.

But Wright is expected to reject the deal because he prefers a deal of seven years or longer, according to the report. Also, the average annual value of the proposed deal ($16.6 million) represents only a slight raise from the $16 million he's already guaranteed in 2013 when the Mets exercised the option in his contract.

The offer comes during what general manager Sandy Alderson called a critical period for negotiations with both Wright and pitcher R.A. Dickey. Last week, he said he hoped for more "clarity" in the period between Thanksgiving and the start of the Winter Meetings on Dec. 3.

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