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.
The Mets just held a press conference to announce what they're doing with third baseman and captain David Wright.
The New York Mets will activate third baseman David Wright from the disabled list on September 25, and he will start what he expects to be his final major league game on September 29. The team said Wright is not officially retiring, but he would be medically unable to play moving forward.
Wright, who hasn't played in the majors since 2016 due to a variety of health issues including chronic spinal stenosis, had been working his way back over the last month or so - playing 12 rehab games before recently joining the Mets (while remaining on the disabled list) to continue rehabbing with the team. Wright will be active and in uniform, perhaps pinch hitting and stuff during their series against the Braves mid-week, but starting at third base against the Marlins on Saturday the 29. "To the fans, words can't address my gratitude". "So, yeah, I don't see that as a possibility".
"I said it when I was a younger player, and I'll say it again: I truly bleed orange and blue", Wright said. In 6869 plate appearances, all coming with the Mets, he posted a superlative.296/.376/.491 batting line with 242 home runs and 196 stolen bases.
The insurance policy the Mets took out on that contract reportedly covers 75 percent of that salary for any time spent on the 60-day DL, so the Mets will only owe him a total of $6.75MM between the 2019 and 2020 seasons, barring a buyout agreement with the insurance company.