Mets' David Wright To Play One More Game Before Retiring


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.

"I always wanted to be on the field again to have my daughter see me play", Wright said.

The announcement was made at a press conference on Thursday.

If Wright does retire at season's end, he will leave $27 million on the table between the last two seasons of his eight-year, $138 million contract.

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In 13 seasons with the Mets, Wright is a career.296 hitter with 242 home runs and 970 RBI. With a blend of power, speed and quality defense at the hot corner, Wright was a true five-tool player during a peak that was all too brief. Newsday's Tim Healey tweets that Wright, notably, did not use that word when describing his future, though he's also been informed by doctors that his condition simply will not improve. Wright is still signed through the 2020 season under the eight-year, $138MM extension he inked in December 2012.

An emotional Wright did not technically announce his retirement, but said he is medically unfit to continue playing after his final start. He earned $20 million this season, a portion of which the Mets have recouped via insurance while he's been on the disabled list.

Back, shoulder and neck issues have limited the Mets captain to just 75 games over the past four seasons.

"To my teammates, coaches and staff, it's truly been an honor of a lifetime to take the field with you and serve as your captain", Wright said. As is typical for the Mets there has been confusion as to what the actual plan was, with Wright strongly suggesting he was ready to play while the Mets seemed inclined to hold him back.