Mets’ David Wright to start baseball activities this month
The Mets are going all-in with the captain for 2017.
To wrap up the first official day of the winter meetings, Mets GM Sandy Alderson spoke with reporters today, and had some good news to offer about the team’s captain. According to Alderson, the Mets are fully expecting David Wright to start baseball activities this month on the way to a comeback in the spring of 2017.
As of just last week, the question of when David would start baseball activities was still on everyone’s mind. Thankfully with today’s Q&A we can all breathe a little easier for the time being.
After 2015’s injury and subsequent diagnosis, the Mets tried to take it easy with Wright in 2016. Though they were optimistic he could play 130 games, the team started him out slowly in Spring Training and the early part of the year. Unfortunately, as we all know, that didn’t really help. This time around, the Mets have kept a tight lip on any “goals” for games played in 2017.
Last season was heartbreaking for David Wright, to put it mildly. He played a total of 37 games for the Amazin’s – one less than he did in 2015. Talks of retirement and the Mets needing to move on followed Wright’s second prolonged DL stint. However, it seems that, at least in the Mets front office’s mind, that’s not the case.
While I love to see this attitude from the General Manager, it’s also good to note that the Mets are prepared with depth in case David’s season is cut short again. They picked up Jose Reyes‘ option pretty quickly after the season was over to ensure a solid backup at the hot corner. Reyes played 50 games for New York at third base, and handled it relatively well for a guy that wasn’t used to that position. It’s obvious if he’s needed there again, he’ll be able to step up.
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We all want the old powerful David Wright to show up at Spring Training next season, and while that will probably never happen, there’s still a chance that the David we do get can get the job done. Only 69 days until Spring Training!