The Mets have made what they consider to be their best offer to David Wright, and are awaiting a response from the third baseman's camp, according to baseball officials familiar with the negotiations.

Executives outside the Mets organization did not believe that differences over the structure of the offer would ultimately derail an agreement. The Daily News reported on Tuesday that the Mets offered Wright a seven-year contract extension; added to Wright's' $16 million option for 2013, the Mets are willing to guarantee eight years and approximately $140 million.

On Wednesday, Mets officials continued to say only that the process was "ongoing," and Wright's agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, did not respond to a request for comment. But league officials briefed on the talks revealed new information about the structure of the Mets' offer. Those sources said that the proposed extension was backloaded with a structure similar to the contract Jose Reyes got from the Marlins last winter.

Reyes, who was later traded to Toronto, made $10 million in the first year of his deal, and will earn $10 million in the second. From there, the annual value skyrockets to $16 million and $22 million. While the numbers in the offer to Wright are different, and specifics are not known, the structure is similar to that of the Reyes contract, according to those sources.

There is deferred money in the potential deal, consistent with the Mets' past agreements with Carlos Beltran and Johan Santana. Both of those players, who represent the largest contracts in team history, deferred about $5 million of their annual salary during many of their seasons in New York.

"This is how the Mets do all of their big deals," said one major league official. "This is nothing different."

Around baseball on Wednesday, there was widespread expectation that Wright would ultimately accept this offer, or one very similar to it.

"I think both parties want this to work," said one rival executive familiar with the situation. "They're not going to let this break down over details."

Wright, who turns 30 next month, has already built the most illustrious career in Mets history. He already holds franchise records in hits (1,426) and runs batted in (790), among other categories. Wright is a career .301 hitter, with a .381 on-base percentage and 204 home runs.

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