David Wright is one of the greatest Mets players of all time, but the 35-year-old hasn't had a big-league at bat since 2016. He's played in just 75 games in the last three years combined.
Wright is still trying to make a comeback after suffering a host of injuries, but the third baseman got another discouraging update recently-- he cannot begin baseball activities for at least another eight weeks.
I recommend that you view all future updates on David Wright not with surprise, but as consistent with the reality that his career is likely over. Which of course is a bummer.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) March 13, 2018
Unfortunately for the Mets, whether or not Wright plays, the team is on the hook for $47 million over the next three seasons. Imagine spending over $15 million per year just to watch Wright attempt a long-shot recovery.
Yeah, not pretty.
Wright has the second-largest contract on the books for the Metropolitans this season, and is financially choking a team that generally focuses more on saving money than spending it. Thankfully for the team, Wright's contract comes with insurance, so the team will have to pay out a fraction of his actual deal if Wright cannot return to the field.
Mets finally confirm David Wright's 'not cheap' contract insurance https://t.co/bvH72DkydJ— Anthony Campanella (@RealAnthonyCamp) January 23, 2018
Still, Wright's contract is a significant burden on a Mets team that can't afford to carry bad contracts. If Wright really wants to help the Mets, he should forego his massive salary figures over the next three seasons and retire as soon as possible.