David Wright Will Return to Mets for One Final Time and Retire

David Wright Will Return to Mets for One Final Time and Retire

During a press conference at Citi Field on Thursday, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon announced that Wright would be activated for New York's final homestand, which begins on September 25.

It isn't the way he wanted to end his career, but David Wright will be taking one last set of swings as the third baseman for the New York Mets.

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".

Wright signed an eight-year, $138 million contract before the 2013 season and is set to make a total of $20 million this year, despite not playing in a Major League Baseball game since 2016.

The Mets said that they plan to activate Wright when they return to Citi Field on September 25 against Atlanta. "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me".

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The Sept. 29 contest against the Miami Marlins is the Mets' second-to-last game of the season.

Among the all-time Mets records Wright holds are hits (1,777), doubles, total bases (2,665), RBI, and runs scored. "Whether it's my back, my neck, my shoulder, some days that pain in any one of those three areas, or all three of the areas, can be moderate and manageable".

Although Wright did not say that he will officially retire, he conceded that his physical condition will not improve and doesn't think playing beyond that game will be possible. "I don't see (continuing) as a possibility".

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.

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