Wright is an admired determine contained in the Mets’ group and throughout baseball. In his prime, he was a seven-time All-Star. He was destined to be the one star in franchise historical past who was going to play for the Mets from begin to end and put up the sort of excellent profession numbers they by no means had.
These numbers — a .296 profession common, 242 dwelling runs, 1,777 hits — are stable sufficient. However even when Wright can discover a method again onto the sphere, they may by no means be what they could have been.
Wright, aware of a rehabilitation task that needed to be deserted, mentioned that he had no particular timetable to return. He’ll let his physique inform him how he’s doing.
“We’re at some extent, definitely with the historical past of the final couple years and the three surgical procedures that I’ve had, I need to get it proper,” he mentioned. “I need to take my time.”
Ought to Wright make a comeback, he would most likely be restricted in what he may do as a participant. With the newly signed Todd Frazier now set to be a fixture at third base, the place Wright performed for thus lengthy, Wright’s most lifelike choice may be as a part-time first baseman and pinch-hitter, and maybe a chosen hitter in interleague video games.
Wright mentioned he was appreciative of the truth that when the Mets signed Frazier — for two years and $17 million — Jeff Wilpon, the staff’s chief working officer, known as to let him know what was occurring. On Saturday, he didn’t voice any resentment in regards to the signing.
“We’re definitely an excellent staff with out me,” Wright mentioned when requested about Frazier. “My mind-set is that we’ll be a greater staff with each of us on the market.”
Wright is owed $47 million over the subsequent three seasons, however relying on whether or not he could make any kind of comeback, the Mets can recoup a lot of that cash by an insurance coverage coverage.
Wright admitted that it was “powerful to really feel such as you’re a part of the staff” when he spent a lot time rehabilitating. However on Saturday, he walked into the workplace of the Mets’ new supervisor, Mickey Callaway, and requested how he may nonetheless assist.
“I would like you to be as current as attainable,” Callaway mentioned he informed Wright. “We want your management.”
Wright will attempt to oblige. Whether or not he can ever play once more, although, is one other matter.