We continue our 2014 Mets Season in Review series with third baseman David Wright.
Any discussion of Wright and 2014 has to revolve around the fact that he played the bulk of the year with an injured left rotator cuff, almost certainly a major contributing factor to perhaps the worst offensive season of his career.
How he fared in 2014:
What’s documented is that Wright, though minimizing his shoulder injury until late in the season, was playing at less than 100 percent from at least early-July through the end of his season in mid-September.
Wright got off to a poor start in April, hitting .245 with a putrid .275 OBP. He turned things around in May, posting a triple slash of .320/.360/.461. However, once the calendar turned to June, Wright’s production and power began to dip to unprecedentedly low levels.
Wright’s triple slashes by month:
Wright did hit .333/.531/.864 in a small 32 at-bat sample size in September, but the huge slugging percentage was due to four doubles and a triple, with Wright’s ability to hit home runs still absent.
In fact, Wright failed to hit any homers after the All-Star break.
Areas to improve upon:
As is noted above, it’s impossible to take anything concrete from Wright’s 2014 season other than the fact that he played the majority of it at less than 100 percent, changing his hitting mechanics in the process and losing the ability to hit for power.
Wright admitted late in the season that he should have been more forthcoming earlier on about the injury, and that playing through it couldn’t possibly have helped.
Wright is hopeful of being able to avoid surgery on his shoulder. He’ll face a three or four month recovery if he’s forced to go under the knife.
Projected Role in 2015:
Regardless of whether or not Wright is forced to undergo surgery or not, he’ll be on track to be ready for Opening Day, where he’ll be where he always is: third base.
Contract Status and Trade Rumors:
Wright is under contract through 2020, with $107 million remaining on the extension he signed after the 2012 season. Wright’s yearly salary escalated from $11 million in 2013 to $20 million (with $2.5 million deferred) in 2014.
When you combine Wright’s Face-of-the-Franchise status, his injury plagued 2014, and the years and dollars remaining on his contract, you get a player who is going nowhere.