New York Mets fans have a reason to be happy because their team captain David Wright has declared that he is ready to make his spring training debut. While Wright’s return to the lineup will definitely improve the team’s online MLB sportsbook odds, it also means the team’s infield will be healthy when the season starts because manager Terry Collins said on Thursday that Asdrubal Cabrera will also be ready for the season opener.
Although the Mets invested heavily in Wright leading the team to the World Series, there are some concerns about his play declining since he is getting older (33 at the start of the season), and has been injury prone lately.
Last season, Wright was sidelined for a month due to a hamstring injury. While he was out, he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which threatened his career. Wright remained sidelined for months but was eventually cleared to return to the team before the start of the playoffs.
Due to the seriousness of his spinal stenosis diagnosis, the Mets allowed Wright to conduct his offseason training at his own pace.
Wrights statistics last season were disappointing because he only played in 38 games. The severity of his condition won’t allow him to be an everyday player like he used to be, but he is expected to play more than he did last season.
Another thing the Mets are worried about when it comes to Wright is the fact that he is under contract until the 2020 season. With Wright scheduled to make $20 million in each of the next three seasons, the Mets have to be worried about paying a player that won’t be on the field every day that much money.
To make things worse, the Mets have young players like Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, whose contracts are set to expire. With Wright making so much, it will be difficult for the Mets to resign all their promising young talent.
Due to his age, health, and contract, Wright would be hard to trade. Since he has a no-trade clause in his contract, he will be almost impossible to trade.
For his part, Wright seems anxious and ready to get back on the field. There is no question that he is mentally prepared for the grind of a 162 game season, but the Mets have to be wondering if his body will allow him to play most of the season.
If Wright is unable to get through the season, the Mets will probably have different players playing third base his season. If Cabrera stays healthy during the season, Terry Collins will probably put Wilmer Flores and Mark Reynolds in third base to allow Wright some time to rest if needed.
Mets fans don’t have to worry too much about their skipper playing a full season because the team was able to win the NL East and advance to the World Series with Wright playing in only 38 games.
Since they don’t have too many options, the Mets will take a wait and see approach with Wright and hope he can regain his old form and lead them back to the World Series for the second consecutive season.