Mets news: David Wright’s contract is insured
David Wright‘s contract is insured, meaning the Mets would recoup 75 percent of the contract while he’s out once Wright misses 60 days, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported.
While tweeting the news, Rosenthal twice referred to “days” missed, which means the Mets would start recouping 75 percent of the contract if Wright remains out past June 14.
If it’s actually games missed and not days missed, the Mets would begin to recoup 75 percent of the contract if Wright remains out past June 19.
Wright, 32, is owed $107 million through the 2020 season.
Wright hasn’t appeared in a game for the Mets since suffering a right hamstring injury while sliding into second base on April 14.
While his hamstring has healed, Wright has been dealing with lower-back pain, which has resulted in him being shut down twice in recent weeks. Wright has since been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which involves the narrowing of the spinal column.
Sandy Alderson said on Monday that Wright could return to the Mets sooner than some are anticipating, but there is no time frame for his return.
In the midst of a potentially terrible situation, this is very good news for the Mets.
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While Sandy Alderson said on Monday that doctors have informed the Mets that Wright’s spinal stenosis should be manageable, Wright’s condition is obviously extremely worrisome both this year and beyond.
If this is something that severely limits Wright this season and/or in future seasons, the Mets would get a ton of salary relief instead of carrying an albatross of a contract.
There were concerns a few days ago that a worst-case Wright scenario — early retirement or ineffectiveness due to his back issue — would result in the Mets not being able to spend big while replacing him or being unable to sign their young starting pitchers to long-term deals. That concern should be at least partially out the window now.
Still, the hope should be for Wright to return before the Mets begin recouping any of the money he’s owed and begin to play at a high level.
If not, at least the Mets have a safety net to fall back on.