Wright said that he can not foresee a way to continue playing baseball in the future, given his current condition, calling the very process of playing baseball "debilitating" (Twitter links via SNY's Andy Martino).
With that in mind, Wright will forever be remembered as a key player in Mets history, and seeing him give his conference Thursday was rough. "To the fans: words can't express my gratitude and appreciation for always having my back". If Wright does, in fact, retire, the Mets will be off the hook for the $27 million he is still owed for the final two seasons of the eight-year, $138 million contract he signed with the team December of 2012. He garnered MVP votes in six of those 13 seasons, finishing as high as fourth in the voting back in 2007. Over 1,583 career games he slashed.296/.376/.491 with 1,777 hits, 242 home runs, 970 RBI and 196 stolen bases. Newsday's Tim Healey tweets that Wright, notably, did not use that word when describing his future, though he's also been informed by doctors that his condition simply will not improve.
Wright is set to earn $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020.
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An emotional Wright did not technically announce his retirement, but said he is medically unfit to continue playing after his final start.
Some have suggested that the Mets' inclination was financially-motivated in that, as long as Wright is on the disabled list, insurance will cover much of his salary.
Back, shoulder and neck issues have limited the Mets captain to just 75 games over the past four seasons. "To my teammates, coaches and staff, it's certainly been the honor of a lifetime to take the field with you and serve as your captain".
It would be his first major league game since May 2016.