Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Wright's playing career probably over after final homestand

Wright's playing career probably over after final homestand

The New York Mets will activate third baseman David Wright from the disabled list on September 25, and he will start what he expects to be his final major league game on September 29.

And, while he will be back on the field, Wright said he didn't see the possibility of his baseball career extending beyond 2018 as a possibility due to his health issues.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon opened Thursday's press conference at Citi Field by saying that although Wright's body has not responded the way it needed to, "out of respect for him personally, professionally, and for our fans, we want to give him this opportunity". "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me".

The 35-year-old is scheduled to play on the second to last day of the regular season against Miami. He garnered MVP votes in six of those 13 seasons, finishing as high as fourth in the voting back in 2007.

Wright played in 12 minor league games this season, hitting.171 with no home runs and two RBIs. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that, indeed, Wright will not formally retire but will not return as a player during his contract. He's slated to earn $15MM in 2019 and $12MM in 2020 on that front-loaded deal, and if he's declared medically unfit to play - as will be the case - he'll continue to be paid out those sums.

Some have suggested that the Mets' inclination was financially-motivated in that, as long as Wright is on the disabled list, insurance will cover much of his salary. Injuries to his shoulder, back, and neck have prevented him from playing since May 2016. "To my teammates, coaches and staff, it's certainly been the honor of a lifetime to take the field with you and serve as your captain".

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