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David Wright Needs to Retire and Allow the Mets and Himself to Move Forward
The Mets best third baseman ever, David Wright is still hoping to back on the field in 2018. He's had two more surgeries post the neck surgery he had in 2016.
Wright is a very expensive Captain, now cheerleader, that in 2017 sat firmly on the Mets bench. On April 20th he was recently moved to the 60-day DL with a shoulder impingement since he can't throw.
Wright has three more years left on his huge 8-year, $138 million contract he signed in 2012. This season and next, he's slated to make $20 million, in 2019 $15 million and in 2020 $12 million.
If he misses 60-days or more, the Mets are paid 75% of his salary from insurance. The team Captain has his pride we understand that, and no doubt he's been a solid face of the Mets franchise for so long, but he can't play anymore. Certainly not at the level he once did. Or at best, he's a very expensive part-time player, and might?, maybe? play 50 games if he's lucky. And to pay him $20,000,000 for that, makes no dollars and sense.
The Mets didn't trade for a full-time third baseman last season and instead went for a make-sense, cost efficient, stop-gap solution via ex Met Jose Reyes and re-signed Wilmer Flores, who's currently hospitalized with a knee infection.
Jose Reyes will spell/spot start the Mets expensive hot corner player. Reyes overall played reasonably well in 60 games last season (8 HRs drove in 24 RBIs and batted .267) and got better fielding third over time. However, this year he's really struggling as is the team. He's batting .105 with 0 HRs and 0 RBIs. Flores is more of a possible solution with some power, but the jury is still out how he would do playing everyday if given the chance.
David Wright lasted just 37 games last season. In constant pain, Wright decided to have season-ending neck surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck last summer.
His shortened 2016 season resulted in 7 HRs 14 RBIs batting .226. His playing career now is definitely in doubt after 12 seasons and at age 34 with significant past and current injuries.
If he steps aside and retires, will his numbers be good enough to be the third Mets player to make it to Cooperstown? Wright is a seven time All-Star who has slugged 242 HRs and posted a .296 batting average. He's batted in 100+ RBIs five times, hit over .300 seven times and hit 30 or more homers twice.
The Mets and their GM Sandy Alderson can't drag this situation out much longer. Wright after his 60-day stint on the DL ends, need to collectively plan his farewell to the Mets, their fans and all of Baseball. All parties involved will be happier. Wright still gets paid plenty and the Mets get a huge (75% refund) for the balance of his contract.
With Wright hopefully retiring, Sandy should consider trading again for an everyday player at 3B. Possibly Danny Valencia, 32 of the Mariners who has hit 72 HRs in his career to go with a .268 batting average. Or try to get slugger Todd Frazier of the White Sox, 31 who's slugged 149 HRs and batted .249 in his 6-year career thus far. Either player could be the replacement for the next possible Mets Hall of Famer.