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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterCompared to past weeks, this week was a bit quieter in off-the-field Mets land. Noah Syndergaard, as usual, had most of the fun -- at least from the looks of it on social media.

We found out that Thor -- who is now private on Instagram -- not only enjoys Christmas, but is quite the fan of Elf as well. But who isn't?

He went to the tree in Rockefeller Center, quoting the film in his caption: "Well, there are some things you should know. First off, if you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn't free candy. Second, there are, like, thirty Ray's Pizzas. They all claim to be the original. But the real one's on 11th. And if you see a sign that says 'Peep Show,' that doesn't mean that they're letting you look at the new toys before Christmas."

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

This week in our offseason entertainment, we had quite some movement in terms of baseball. There's now a coaching staff, which is huge. Now, we just need a big bat, a reliever, an outfielder who can also play first base, etc etc.

Off the field, however, the Mets also kept us entertained. No, it was not another weekend of love like last weekend was with Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mickey Jannis all walking down the aisle. But, weddings did come up this week.

Steven Matz. We all know he's engaged and getting married soon. On WOR this week when asked about which teammates he felt obligated to invite to the wedding, his response gave away two of his groomsmen, but was also a bit vague...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

David Wright was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame on Wednesday night at Scottsdale Stadium.

Wright participated in the AFL in 2003 and hit .341/.426/.489 with two home runs, seven doubles, 15 RBIs and four stolen bases in 26 games for the Peoria Javelinas.

The 34-year-old Wright was honored last year as one of the AFL's top 25 all-time players.

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LM: You Think This Is a Game? 00:01:39
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss the Mets players who were and were not in attendance at Travis d'Arnaud's recent wedding.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWelcome to the offseason, everyone. Most Mets fans were wishing for this after the injury-riddled 2017 season, and now that we're here, many of us are right back to missing baseball.

But in this time period between the season ending and Spring Training beginning, the Mets are staying busy off the field. Thanks to social media and the internet, all of us get to see what's going on and stay connected to our players (who we hope are also hitting the batting cages). This past weekend for instance was the weekend of Mets weddings. Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mets Minor league knuckleballer Mickey Jannis all walked down the aisle over the weekend, inviting some of their Mets friends.

Click below for lots of pictures from this weekend's Mets adventures...

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Amed Rosario wants Jose Reyes -- the Mets' only major league free agent -- to return to the team in 2018.

"There's no words to it," Rosario, through an interpreter, told NJAM about his relationship with Reyes. "He's more than a friend, he's a brother and I've learned a lot from him."

"If it's God's will, he will be next year," Rosario added about Reyes being on the Mets.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Matt Reynolds, TJ Rivera, Danny Abriano
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In late-2013 and most of 2014, the Mets and the Mariners reportedly talked about potential deals that could have swapped shortstops Nick Franklin, Chris Taylor, or Brad Miller for Jon Niese and a prospect.

However, according to Seattle beat reporter Bob Dutton, the Mariners shut down talks with the Mets after they acquired J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays for outfielder Michael Saunders.

Miller had been a serviceable player until struggling last season in Tampa. Niese, who didn't pitch last year, hasn't been successful since being traded by the Mets.

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The Sandy Bunch: Joe McEwing 00:00:40
SNY.tv takes a look at White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing as a candidate to be the next Mets manager.

The parade of Mets managerial candidates has included a number of familiar faces, but perhaps none more familiar than Joe McEwing, who spent five years in Queens as a bench player.

While fans' affection for McEwing often outpaced his skill on the field, he has spent the years since his 2008 retirement in a variety of coaching roles with the White Sox organization, and his good reputation has earned him an interview with the Mets this week.

McEwing was in many ways the quintessential utility player. In his five seasons with the Mets, "Super Joe" saw time at every position except pitcher and catcher. He eked out a league average batting line in only one season, but was a solid defender and was beloved by fans and teammates alike for his scrappy play and positive attitude. Prior to his release early in 2005, he had served as something of a mentor to a young David Wright, who raved about his character and bemoaned the loss of his friend and teacher...

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Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets 3B David Wright recently underwent a laminotomy procedure in Los Angeles to help reduce pain in his lower back, the team announced in early October.

The minimally invasive procedure, which is designed to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve, should greatly reduce his pain and improve his chances of getting back on field, Dr. Andrew Hecht recently told Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com.

According to Hecht, an orthopedic surgeon and chief of spine surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System, what Wright had done is a straightforward procedure and has a high success rate.

"We see this quite a bit in athletes and many of them have no symptoms at all, but occasionally you see someone symptomatic, like David Wright," Dr. Hecht explained to Mastracco. "Sometimes, despite all of the best efforts of the greatest doctors, somebody doesn't get better with conservative treatment," and surgery is needed.

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New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright in the dugout before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright in the dugout before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets 3B David Wright underwent a laminotomy procedure on his lower back Thursday in Los Angeles, the team announced.

A laminotomy is a "minimally invasive" procedure "designed to relieve a compressed nerve in the back of the spinal cord," according to the Laser Spine Institute.

"Through this entire rehab process, I have been driven to get back on the field as quickly as I can," Wright said in a statement. "That's why I had the shoulder surgery and that's why today I underwent back surgery to reduce the risk of further issues going forward. With these two surgeries behind me, I hope to be able to put on a Mets uniform again as soon as possible. My desire to play is as strong as ever."

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Sep 26, 2014; Alderson in the dugout before a game at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2014; Alderson in the dugout before a game at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Indians OF Jay Bruce enjoyed his time playing for Terry Collins, but he is not surprised to see the Mets looking for new leadership, he told reporters Wednesday in Cleveland.

"I don't think it was hard to see," Bruce explained, according to Newsday. "I think that a lot of times in sports they feel like a shakeup needs to happen. The old saying is you can't fire 25 guys, so a lot of times managerial changes happen. I wish Terry the best in whatever he does next."

Bruce, who was traded in August, to the Indians for low-level reliever Ryder Ryan, also said he was disappointed see anonymous teammates being critical of Collins.

"Terry and I had a great relationship," Bruce concluded. "You would like to see people, if they do have a problem, approach him about it, talk to him about it, and not let it out through the media. But losing causes a lot of that stuff. If they're back in the playoffs this year, have a good season, no one's talking about any of it. It's an unfortunate situation, but the reality is it's kind of part of the game."

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New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 3B David Wright called his teammates' anonymous comments on manager Terry Collins "cowardly" in a phone interview with The Record on Friday evening.

"That's a real cowardly thing to do," Wright said in the report. "I've been around Terry for seven years. A lot of these guys have been around him for a number of years, some guys dating to the minors. I'm not here to sit and blindly defend every move that Terry has made over last seven years. We've all made mistakes and done things that we wish we could go back and do differently."

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | Can anyone blame David Wright for being angry? He's still the Captain of this team -- the one who's supposed to guide all the young players -- and you can imagine he feels a bit of responsibility regarding these negative comments about his manager being anonymously said.

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Mets Insider: David Wright 00:06:32
David Wright discusses his difficult journey to get back on the field after numerous injuries.

David Wright discusses the battle he is going through to return to the field after numerous injuries, during the latest episode of Mets Insider on SNY.

Wright's shoulder -- not his back -- and his inability to throw is what derailed his return to the Mets this season, he recently old the NY Post's Kevin Kernan. And now that he's had surgery to correct the issue, he says he's confident he'll be able to play in 2018.

Wright, who underwent rotator cuff surgery two weeks ago, recently said he has not considered retirement and that he remains focused on returning to the Mets.

"I think I still have something to give," he said. "There's still kind of that passion and that fire in me."

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Free-agent infielders Todd Frazier, Neil Walker and Eduardo Nunez (Credit: USA Today, 2017)
Free-agent infielders Todd Frazier, Neil Walker and Eduardo Nunez (Credit: USA Today, 2017)

The Mets need to acquire a bonafide third baseman this winter, regardless of whether David Wright is confident he'll be able to play baseball next season.

"We don't have an everyday, top-shelf third-base option the way some teams do," Alderson told reporters in early-August, when asked if Wright's status had been impacting his offseason plan. "We didn't go into this season with a solidified situation in part because we weren't sure what David's condition would be."

Alderson only knows now that Wright's shoulder has been surgically repaired. He doesn't know how the shoulder will respond or if it will even matter in David's attempt to get back on the field.

I'm sure Alderson would agree that it would be great to have Wright fight his way back on field, especially if the Mets are successful next year. However, with rookies starting at first base and shortstop, and Michael Conforto's return date in question, Alderson cannot again leave himself short like he did in 2017...

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David Wright (AP)
David Wright (AP)

David Wright's shoulder -- not his back -- and his inability to throw is what derailed his return to the Mets this season, he told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan. And now that he's had surgery to correct the issue, he says he's confident he'll be able to play in 2018.

"I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders,'' Wright told Kernan, when the two talked last week at Citi Field. "At least now, I have peace of mind, and hope, that if all goes well with the surgery, this is what they thought it was and that's corrected now."

Wright, who underwent rotator cuff surgery last week, recently said he has not considered retirement and that he remains focused on returning to the Mets.

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Talking David Wright's future 00:01:24
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR admires David Wright's desire to play, but doubts he should still try to come back.

Mets 3B David Wright, who underwent rotator cuff surgery earlier this week, said he has not considered retirement and that he remains focused on returning to the Mets.

"I think I still have something to give," Wright said. "There's still kind of that passion and that fire in me."

Wright played three games for High-A St. Lucie in a rehab stint in August as he looked to return from a shoulder impingement that had kept him out since Spring Training. After experiencing more pain in his shoulder, Wright terminated the rehab. 

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 (Mitch Stringer)
(Mitch Stringer)

The Orioles may trade 3B Manny Machado this offseason if they're not "making headway on a new deal," reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Mets, Phillies, Braves, Giants, and Angels could make up part of the market for Machado, with the Yankees potentially on the periphery, notes Cafardo. 

Machado, 25, is hitting .273/.328/.507 with 32 HR, 29 doubles, and 91 RBI in 134 games this season for the Orioles. 

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Sandy Alderson on Wright surgery 00:01:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talks about the prognosis for David Wright after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Mets third baseman David Wright underwent surgery today in New York to repair his injured right rotator cuff, the team announced. 

There is no timetable for Wright's recovery, which has to be viewed in context with his other injuries, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday.

"As the baseball activity ramped up, what was originally an impingement worsened and had to be repaired surgically," Alderson added.

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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

Going into the 2018 season, the Mets have a lot of holes to fill. And with David Wright's absence presumed to be permanent, one of the biggest is at third base.

Unfortunately, the position player market is paper thin, and third base may be the worst spot of all. One of the few pending free agent third basemen having an above average year is Mike Moustakas, but does he make sense for the Mets?

On the positive side, Moustakas is having a strong offensive year with an .854 OPS -- 11th-best among MLB third basemen, and 35 home runs -- by far the most of his career. This marks the third consecutive year he has put up above average numbers, and though his on base percentage is mediocre, his strikeout rate is below league average and he can hit the ball hard, as evidenced by his sudden power breakout. He's on pace for over 40 home runs this season -- perhaps even doubling his previous career high of 22 set back in 2015.

Though he has never shown great speed, Moustakas has historically had a modestly good glove at third base, in the top half of the league by both traditional measures, such as fielding percentage, and modern metrics, such as defensive runs saved...

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David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

During Spring Training, there was hope that David Wright and Jose Reyes -- who played together with the Mets from 2004 to 2011 -- would reunite on field during games this season.

However, with Wright recently terminating his rehab assignment and Reyes a free agent after this season, that reunion might never happen.

"I wish all the best for him and whatever decision he needs to make I am going to be behind him 100 percent," Reyes said Tuesday, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Tags: David Wright, Jose Reyes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 4, 2016; Wright (5) in the dugout before a game at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2016; Wright (5) in the dugout before a game at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 3B David Wright, who terminated his rehab assignment on Monday, is not yet considering retirement, a source told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Manager Terry Collins believes that Wright was dealing with discomfort before playing in rehab games, according to Puma.

Wright is scheduled to be examined in New York later this week.

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New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright on the bench during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright on the bench during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets 3B David Wright, who terminated his rehab assignment on Monday, is not yet considering retirement, a source told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Manager Terry Collins believes that Wright was dealing with discomfort before playing in rehab games, according to Puma.

Wright is scheduled to be examined in New York later this week.

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JRSportBrief: Wright to retire? 00:01:15
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why he thinks Mets third baseman David Wright should retire.

In late April, 2011, David Wright injured himself attempting to make a diving tag at third base, though he remained in the game.

In post-game reports, he described the pain as being mostly in his hamstring.

He was later asked by the team to get an MRI. However, it quickly felt better with rest, after which he chose to avoid the disabled list and play through manageable pain...

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets 3B David Wright played five innings at third base and went 0-for-3 on Saturday in his latest rehab game for Single-A St. Lucie.

Wright's game came one day after he went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts on Friday. Saturday marked the second consecutive day Wright played in the field. He recorded two assists on Saturday.

Wright played in his first game since late May 2016 on Tuesday where he reached base on an error and struck out twice while serving as DH. 

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More and more Mets injuries 00:01:21
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR can't believe the number of injuries to the New York Mets.

Mets OF Michael Conforto dislocated and tore the posterior capsule in his left shoulder while swinging during his at-bat in the fifth inning on Thursday at Citi Field.

All treatment options are on the table, including season-ending surgery. 

Conforto was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Friday, ending his season, and he and the team will now decide how to proceed.

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets third baseman David Wright was slated to continue his rehab assignment with St. Lucie on Wednesday night, but the game was rained out.

He was scheduled to bat third and serve as the DH.

Wright reached base on an error and struck out twice while serving as the DH for St. Lucie on Tuesday night in his first game appearance since May 2016.

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 (Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)
(Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)

Michael Conforto is on pace to have one of the best single-season offensive performances in Mets history, entering Wednesday hitting .278 with a .385 OBP and .559 SLG to go along with 27 HR in 107 games. The 24-year-old Conforto, who made his first All-Star Game appearance this season, is on pace to finish the year with 35 HR.

As Conforto comes into his own as a star, let's look back at the five best offensive seasons in team history...

Darryl Strawberry, 1987

Strawberry won the Rookie of the Year award in 1984 and was second in the MVP voting in 1988, but the 1987 campaign was arguably his best. As a 25-year-old, Strawberry hit .284/.398/.583 with 39 HR (tied for the most in his career, with 1988), 104 RBI, 32 doubles, 108 runs scored, and 36 stolen bases.

Jose Reyes, 2006

At just 23 years old, 2006 was the season Reyes put it all together as the Mets won their first N.L. East title since 1988. Reyes slashed .300/.354/.487 (the second-highest slugging percentage of his career) with 64 stolen bases, 17 triples, 19 HR, 122 runs scored, and 81 RBI. Reyes' 2007, 2008, and 2011 seasons were also incredible...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Wright on return to the field 00:04:47
David Wright discusses his return to the field as he began a rehab assignment as the designated hitter for St. Lucie on Tuesday.

David Wright, who last played for the Mets on May 27, 2016, officially started a rehab assignment with Single-A St. Lucie, batting third as the designated hitter Tuesday night.

This is great news for Wright. However, regardless of what happens the next six weeks, if Sandy Alderson has any doubt about Wright's ability to play at a high level in 2018, he has to proceed this winter as if Wright will not be on the roster next year. If Wright is healthy next spring, and Alderson has too many infielders, so bet it. He can cross that bridge when he gets to it. Because, sadly, the fact is, that bridge may never come in to view...

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Wright will DH for St. Lucie 00:03:26
The Daily News Live crew breaks down David Wright's return to the diamond tonight as he begins a rehab assignment for St. Lucie.

David Wright is serving as the DH for High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night.

Click below to see his at-bats!

The 34-year-old Wright has been hitting and throwing in St. Lucie, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday, adding that there is a scenario where Wright returns to the Mets this season as a viable infielder but also one where he returns and is only available as a pinch-hitter.

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Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto won't be playing third base, but he may be taking another role from Captain David Wright...

By Michelle Ioannou
(Twitter | Instagram | About Me)

Wright has been a Met his entire career. We'd all love for Conforto to be a Met his entire career as well. Both absolutely love the game of baseball, know how to step up for their team and teammates, know how to work hard, and know how to be an example to an entire fanbase...

With Wright having missed the majority of the season and Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker gone, it may be time for Conforto to step up in a leadership role.

To read the rest of this article at Rising Apple, click here!

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 (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
(Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

David Wright believes it's possible he could play for the Mets this season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters before Wednesday's game.

However, Alderson said he is not 100 percent certain of Wright's status, given that he only recently resumed baseball activity in Port St. Lucie.

In either case, even if Wright returns, Alderson doesn't believe it will be enough time to learn enough about Wright's future to help him this winter.

"I don't know how many answers he will have or we will have through the end of this season," he said, noting it's possible the Mets look to acquire a full-time third baseman for next season.

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Jun 4, 2017; Wright (5) watches from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; Wright (5) watches from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

David Wright is sadly an afterthought these days, with Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith making up the Mets' new dynamic duo and more than 14 months now having passed since the captain last appeared in a major league game.

Still, assistant general manager John Ricco offered some insights into Wright's steep comeback bid earlier this month, noting that Wright had reported to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie to begin what was being labeled "low-level baseball activity."

Ricco went on to define that work as playing catch, hitting off a tee and taking ground balls hit directly at him to avoid lateral movement.

"It's a good sign," Ricco said. "We'll see how his body responds as he starts to ramp up a little bit."

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Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)
Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)

Terry Collins is in the final year of a two-year extension he signed at the end of 2015.

To date, there have been no reports that he and the Mets have discussed a contract extension.

"That his situation remains unresolved is just one indication that there doesn't seem to be a clamoring within the Mets organization to retain Collins, and it may well be that -- after seven years of managing the Mets -- he's ready to move on to something else," ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote this past weekend. "Nobody has said anything out loud, one way or the other."

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Can David Wright come back? 00:01:23
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR wonders if David Wright will ever be able to play again for the New York Mets.

Mets third baseman David Wright has started baseball activities at the team's facility in Port St. Lucie, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters Wednesday

While there was no timetable for a potential return, Ricco did say the third baseman has hit off a tee, taken grounders hit right to him and played catch.

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Can David Wright come back? 00:01:23
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR wonders if David Wright will ever be able to play again for the New York Mets.

Mets third baseman David Wright has started baseball activities at the team's facility in Port St. Lucie, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters Wednesday

While there was no timetable for a potential return, Ricco did say the third baseman has hit off a tee, taken grounders hit right to him and played catch.

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

It was 14 years ago that we watched with anticipation as the Mets promoted the highly rated, aggressive, speedy and charismatic Jose Reyes. The next year, Reyes was joined by the quiet, mild-mannered, smooth and sound David Wright.

The Mets have a similar dynamic about to hit the stage this August with prospects Amed Rosario (who was promoted to the Mets earlier this week) and Triple-A 1B Dominic Smith (who is expected to follow in Rosario's footsteps later this month).

During their first three years together with the Mets, Wright and Reyes scored more than 500 times, collected nearly 1,000 hits, won 205 games and got to the National League Championship Series, while also playing side-by-side during the 2006 All-Star Game...

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Aug 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) bats in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Aug 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) bats in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

It was 14 years ago that we watched with anticipation as the Mets promoted the highly rated, aggressive, speedy and charismatic Jose Reyes. The next year, Reyes was joined by the quiet, mild-mannered, smooth and sound David Wright.

The Mets have a similar dynamic about to hit the stage this August with prospects Amed Rosario (who was promoted to the Mets earlier this week) and Triple-A 1B Dominic Smith (who is expected to follow in Rosario's footsteps later this month).

During their first three years together with the Mets, Wright and Reyes scored more than 500 times, collected nearly 1,000 hits, won 205 games and got to the National League Championship Series, while also playing side-by-side during the 2006 All-Star Game...

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July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today
July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today

Several teams, including three American League playoff contenders, are interested in acquiring Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrerasources told New York Post reporter Mike Puma.

Cabrera, who is due roughly $4 million the rest of this season, will move from second to third base when 2B Neil Walker returns from the disabled list next week. He mostly played shortstop the last 10 years.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians, David Wright, Neil Walker, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

It's feeling like the Mets may be missing the moment to make a trade. Admittedly, I started today worried they may botch the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, end up stuck with pending free agents and lose out on acquiring prospects and players who could help next season.

However, after talking to people around baseball, I'm slightly less pessimistic.

For starters, according to Ken Rosenthal, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets are willing to include cash in trades to get better prospects back in deals, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

This is good news. It'll help push things through. And, I'm glad Alderson was able to convince ownership of this approach when the front office held a strategy session earlier this week.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets 3B David Wright is rehabbing in California and is at least three-to-five weeks away from being cleared to resume baseball activity, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday. 

Wright last appeared in a major league game on May 27, 2016. Earlier this week, there had been news that the captain hoped to be cleared by doctors to begin baseball activity within days. 

The 34-year-old Wright clearly faces an uphill battle to return to the majors, much less be a meaningful contributor again. And Mets officials need to work under the assumption that Wright will be a nonfactor in 2018 and beyond.

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In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR discusses the legacy of Mets third baseman David Wright.

In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR discusses the legacy of Mets third baseman David Wright.

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Mets' assistant general manager John Ricco said 3B David Wright has been shut down from his throwing program, according to Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com.

The extent of Wright's rehabilitation at this point is limited to working with the team's physical therapists in New York, according to Ricco, and there is no timetable for his return. He is currently on the 60-day disabled list.

Wright's latest setback comes almost a month after he was able to field grounders, toss lightly, and take batting practice. He has been sidelined since March 2 with a shoulder impingement, but subsequently suffered lower back discomfort. 

Wright has a career .296 batting average with 242 home runs and 970 RBI. In 37 games for the Mets in 2016, Wright hit .226 with seven home runs and 14 RBI.

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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets 3B David Wright fielded grounders and tossed lightly overhand on Friday as he continues to rehab his right shoulder impingement, reports Dave Lennon of Newsday.

Wright played catch and took batting practice on Wednesday as he returned to his rehab program.

"If David Wright could throw the ball across the infield, he could play today," Collins said. "Except, we've got to get him some at-bats, which he hasn't had, but he's taking batting practice today. His hands are still very, very good -- I mean, this guy doesn't miss anything. It's about getting that arm back and how long that's going to take no one knows."

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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets 3B David Wright, who is working his way back from a right shoulder impingement, resumed throwing on Friday, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Wright is just soft-tossing at this point, attempting to build up arm strength.

He had only been fielding ground balls since March 2, when he was shut down indefinitely due to the shoulder injury.

He told reporters in early-March that, while he's technically able to hit and do other baseball activity, he planned to only field so he could help further reduce inflammation and not risk damaging the shoulder.

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Feb 26, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) signs autographs after spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 26, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) signs autographs after spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets 3B and team captain David Wright has only been fielding ground balls since March 2 when he was shut down indefinitely due to a right shoulder impingement.

He told reporters in early March that, while he's technically able to hit and do other baseball activity, he planned to only field so he could help further reduce inflammation and not risk damaging the shoulder.

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The Mets hosted a rally at Grand Central Terminal in anticipation of Opening Day on Sunday

The Mets begin their 56th season today at Citi Field against the Braves at 1:10 pm.

The Mets are 35-20 on Opening Day, including nine consecutive wins from 1975 to 1983, during which Tom Seaver won three times.

Noah Syndergaard will be making his first Opening Day start for the Mets. Last season, while going 14-9 with 218 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA, he made the All-Star team and received votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards.

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May 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) reacts during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) reacts during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

David Wright took full batting practice today, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Wright has only been fielding ground balls since March 2 when he was shut down indefinitely due to a right shoulder impingement. He later told reporters that he's technically able to hit, as well as do other baseball activity. However, he planned to only field so he could help further reduce inflammation and not risk damaging the shoulder.

It's nice to see him on field with his teammates, but hitting is not a milestone for him.

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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

David Wright is still only taking ground balls and not throwing, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday in St. Lucie.

"I don't know if he's in the cage yet, but I know he's been running and taking ground balls," he added. "But that is something that he's got to keep doing, because when the arm comes, the legs will be under him."

In early March, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone said it might not be until the end of the month, and after another exam, before Wright is able to stand at third base and throw a baseball across the diamond.

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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

It could be at least four weeks, and after another exam, before David Wright is able to stand at third base and throw a baseball across the diamond, people in St. Lucie predicted Thursday.

In other words, I'm not expected Wright to get his first big-league at bat until at least May - and that's assuming he doesn't experience any other set backs along the way...

He can throw. However, what once was just mild irritation in his shoulder after neck surgery as turned in to radiating pain and weakness when he raises his hand and arm above his shoulder.

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David Wright addresses the media for the first time since being shut down with his shoulder injury.

Mar 2 | 5:30 PM

Although doctors have cleared him to do so, David Wright has no immediate plans to DH in games until his shoulder rehab is further along, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Mar 2 | 12:10 PM

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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The only person in control of whether David Wright retires is David Wright. The fact is, he has a guaranteed contract for the next four years and he is going no place unless he or his doctors say so.

That said, he has made it quite clear during the last two decades that he respects us -- the fans -- and has the utmost love and appreciation for the Mets organization, their ownership, front office and his teammates, and he will never put his ego in front of what's best for the overall group.

The thing is, whether he returns to being an All-Star, everyday third baseman or he transitions to being a bench player or bounces between third and first base, David knows that he's a leader and he believes he can help the Mets on the field. 

Unfortunately, we haven't had a chance to see him consistently do any of the above during the last two seasons, which is why he and everyone around him is growing frustrated -- all while he gets older and older and continues to be paid...

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