David Wright must truly be a special guy if he's convinced the Mets to put money aside in such a prominent way here.
New York Mets captain David Wright made an emotional announcement during a press conference Thursday, announcing that after much consideration, he'll be activated for the Mets' last homestand of the season. He will make the final start of his MLB career on Saturday, Sept. 29, capping his professional career.
And for the six games he'll be active for (five of which will involve him being glued to the bench), he is going to cost the Mets A LOT of money.
It will cost the #Mets $641,711.23 to pay David Wright for six days this season.— Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) September 13, 2018
Yikes, that's a hefty sum.
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 MLB game since 2016. The vast majority of the Wright deal is covered by insurance, but that doesn't mean the Mets chose to do any handiwork with their savings.
For reference, the Mets recoup 75 percent of David Wright's contract via insurance. Jeff Wilpon said in January that he considers Wright's entire contract part of the payroll, and so the team does not reinvest money saved via insurance into baseball operations.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 25, 2018
That works out to just under $107 thousand per game. However, it is still nothing compared to what they would have had to pay the Captain if he simply cashed in on the last two years of his contract: a cool $27 million.
Really, $641,000 is nothing, especially to give Mets fans the opportunity to see one of their greatest icons suit up one final time. Luckily, ticket prices should be significantly cheaper than that.