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30 Players in 30 Days: David Wright

Amazin' Clubhouse previews what's in store for the Mets captain.

2015 Highlights: Wright hit his first World Series home run in Game 3 of the Fall Classic. Wright was 2-for-5 that night with four RBI. While Wright had a quiet postseason, he got off to a thunderous start with a two-run base hit that proved to be the difference in the Mets 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS.

 

Wright had a season marred by back injury that caused him to miss about ¾ of the season. When he did play, Wright had a few moments. His first day back from the DL on August 24, Wright was 2-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored in a 16-7 win at Philadelphia. On September 26 in Cincinnati, Wright’s three run blast to dead-center helped caltapult the Mets to a 10-2 win over the Reds, and the team’s first division title since 2006.

 

Contract Situation: Wright has five years and $87 million remaining on his contract.  He is due to make $20 million this season. Wright signed an eight-year deal back in 2013. Considering the injury history, and drop-off in the production, it is easy to say the Mets regret signing Wright to such a long contract. That being said, he is the face of the franchise. The big question will be whether he even finishes the remaining years of his deal, especially if he is truly breaking down in front of our eyes.

 

Tradeable/Untradeable: Untradeable only because nobody wants a 33-year old third baseman on the downside of a career. If Wright were younger and healthy the Mets would love to find a way to get ride of his contract. That won’t happen. The two parties are tied together.

 

2016 outlook: Wright must have a bounce back year in 2016. He only played in 38 games in the regular season, and never really got back to looking like the David Wright we got used to seeing in the past. The back injury Wright dealt with last year could have been career threatening, so he deserves credit for finding a way back onto the field. If the Mets get 110 – 120 games out of Wright in 2016 they would consider themselves lucky, considering the ailments he has endured. Wright’s numbers have been on a steady decline since the 2010 season when he belted 29 homers and drove in 103. He has not hit 30 or more homers in a year since 2008. Injuries have really taken their toll the past three seasons. If healthy, expect a good 15-18 homers and 70-80 RBI out of Wright this year.

 


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