Third baseman David Wright is the recipient of the largest contract in New York Mets history.
Wright has agreed to a new package that will keep him in a Mets uniform through at least 2020, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com. The deal is worth slightly less than $140 million, the source added.
The sides agreed to the final financial terms in the early morning hours Friday, another source said.
Wright was due to be paid $16 million next season. The new deal should lock in Wright for seven additional years at approximately $122 million.
The total package will surpass the six-year, $137.5 million deal Johan Santana agreed to as a prerequisite of being traded to the Mets.
Wright is in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend for the wedding of teammate Daniel Murphy. He is expected to take a physical early next week, after which the deal would become official.
Wright, who turns 30 on Dec. 20, is widely viewed as the face of the Mets' franchise and often has expressed a desire to spend his entire career with the organization. He grew up in Norfolk, Va., admiring Cal Ripken Jr. for his lifelong service to the Baltimore Orioles. Teammates R.A. Dickey and Jonathon Niese in recent days noted that Wright would like to be viewed similarly to how Chipper Jones is regarded by Atlanta Braves fans.
This season alone, Wright became the organization's all-time leader in hits, runs, walks and RBIs while being named to his sixth All-Star Game.
Mets officials hope Wright will become an ambassador for the organization after his playing career is over -- a role Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver currently serves.