David Wright inks mega-deal to stay with Mets

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David Wright inks mega-deal to stay with Mets

From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- David Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a 138 million, eight-year contract that would be the richest in franchise history, WFAN radio reported early Friday.The deal would keep the All-Star third baseman under contract with the Mets through the 2020 season, when he will be 37.Without a new contract, Wright would be eligible for free agency after next season. Last month, the Mets exercised his 16 million option for 2013. So the new agreement would add seven years and 122 million, according to WFAN, which broadcasts Mets games.Team spokesman Jay Horwitz declined to comment.Wright batted .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs last season as the Mets finished fourth in the NL East at 74-88. He also had a .391 on-base percentage to go with 41 doubles and 15 stolen bases.A homegrown fan favorite and the face of the franchise, Wright is the club's career leader in several major offensive categories including hits, RBIs, runs and walks.His teammate, Johan Santana, signed a 137.5 million, six-year contract with New York after being acquired in a trade from Minnesota before the 2008 season.Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had said that signing Wright and reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to multiyear deals were his top priorities this offseason.Alderson, however, would not rule out trading Dickey in a deal that could upgrade the roster.Selected with the 38th overall pick in the 2001 amateur draft, Wright made his Mets debut in July 2004 and quickly secured the job at third base -- a trouble spot for the team throughout its colorful history.Wright has made six All-Star teams and won two Gold Gloves, compiling a .301 career batting average with 204 home runs and 818 RBIs in 8 major league seasons. He has often expressed his desire to play his entire career with the Mets.Wright, who had a base salary of 15.25 million this year, appears poised to sign a contract comparable in total compensation to the big deals handed out this year to star third basemen Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman.Longoria agreed Monday to a 136.6 million, 10-year contract with Tampa Bay that adds six guaranteed seasons and 100 million to his previous deal. It includes a team option for 2023 that could make the agreement worth 144.6 million over 11 years.Zimmerman, a friend of Wright's since they grew up playing youth baseball together in Virginia, signed a deal with Washington in February that guaranteed him 126 million for eight seasons, with a club option for 2020.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)