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David Wright officially a Met for life; news conference Wednesday

David Wright of the New York Mets waves

David Wright of the New York Mets waves to fans after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Sept. 26, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mets announced their new contract with third baseman David Wright Tuesday, finally making official one of the most important signings in franchise history.

Wright's eight-year, $138-million deal will keep the homegrown star under team control until 2020.

The Mets will announce the deal in a news conference Wednesday at the winter meetings.

"I've grown up in this organization and made lifelong friendships with teammates, uniform personnel and front office staff," Wright said in a statement. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to finish what I've started and help bring the Mets and our fans a World Series title."

Wright thanked the Mets' ownership group, which made him a first-round selection in 2001, the start of a career that has resulted in six All-Star appearances.

Wright, who turns 30 later this month, owns the franchise record in hits.

"We're thrilled for the organization and our fans that David will be a Met for many years to come," said Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. "As great a player as David's been with us on the field -- one of the greatest and most popular Mets ever -- he's been equally outstanding in the community."

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