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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

Mets third baseman David Wright has taken the next step in his potentially longshot goal to return, hitting Friday in the batting cage while doing other baseball activity on the field. 

Wright had ramped up his level of baseball activity on June 10.

Wright, who missed the 2017 season and has been limited to 75 games since 2015 due to various back, neck and shoulder injuries, had been swinging off a tee, playing catch, and fielding grounders. 

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets third baseman David Wright ramped up his level of baseball activity on Sunday, according to Newsday's Tim Healey.

Wright, who missed the 2017 season and has been limited to 75 games since 2015 due to various back, neck and shoulder injuries, took 20 swings off a tee, played catch and fielded grounders.

Wright, 35, played catch for the first time since 2017 in late May as he looks to return to the diamond, but said then he was taking things one step at a time.

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Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)
Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)

Seth Lugo pitched well for the Mets Thursday night and certainly gave Mickey Callaway something to think about after tossing 60 pitches, four scoreless innings and giving up just three hits against the Cubs at Citi Field.

Lugo filled in for Jason Vargas, who pitched on short rest Wednesday filling in for the injured Noah Syndergaard.

"I think he can definitely start," Callaway said, clearly forgetting that Lugo has a 3.98 ERA across 27 career starts. "For us, in an ideal world, he's still in the bullpen and some of the other guys are in the rotation."

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Wright resumes baseball rehab 00:00:50
Mets third baseman David Wright discusses how he feels after resuming baseball activities for the first time since 2017.

Mets 3B David Wright played catch on Thursday at Citi Field for the first time since 2017, and said after that "it was nice to get out there. It was nice to throw for a little bit."

Wright said he's trying to ramp it up more and more and see how his back and shoulder responds, and that he is taking things day-by-day. 

"It's day 1 of baseball stuff," he said, "and hopefully more days to come where everything continues to go well."

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Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets 3B David Wright hopes to begin baseball activities at the end of May, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

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May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThis week in Mets Land was the week of babies. Jay Bruce and his wife, Hannah, welcomed a son named Maxwell -- their second child. But that's not all. David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed their second child -- a baby girl named Madison.

In terms of on the field action... eh. There were two wins, a rainout, and three losses. One important and reassuring factor is that Michael Conforto has broken out of his slump, helping the Mets win in Monday night's game when he returned from his mental health break, and hitting a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of Friday night's game.

Speaking of Friday night's game, it was a come from behind win, like the ones we saw in the month of April. And that was reassuring to both the fans and the team -- that the Mets still do have it in them; that they can rally and win. We even saw the Mets try to do this in Sunday afternoon's game, but it unfortunately didn't happen...

Tags: David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Mets made a few roster moves on Friday, including the recall of RHP Jacob Rhame from Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced. 

With Rhame joining the big league club, the Mets have optioned RHP Corey Oswalt back to Triple-A. He was stellar in his MLB debut on Wednesday after coming in for LHP Steven Matz. Oswalt went 4.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out four. 

Rhame has appeared in four games with the Mets this season. He has allowed six hits and three earned runs, while striking out two and walking one over 3.2 innings. His last appearance with New York came on April 7 against the Nationals. 

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Wright shut down for eight weeks 00:02:36
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the news that David Wright will be sidelined for another eight weeks with back and shoulder injuries.

Mets 3B David Wright, who was re-examined Monday by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles, can not participate in baseball activities for eight weeks due to persistent shoulder and lower back issues, the team said Tuesday.

Wright will remain in LA for the duration of Spring Training, meet the Mets in New York, and is hopeful he'll be able to begin his Spring Training in May, he told reporters on Wednesday.

"I knew that things weren't going as well as I had hoped," Wright said. "It seemed like the more that we tried to put on my plate, the worse that my body was responding."

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

David Wright and Jose Reyes are more than a decade removed from their earliest playing days on the Mets, but both of them still reflect back to the time when they were teammates on a squad that reached the NLCS in 2006 and narrowly missed the postseason in 2007 and 2008.

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Todd Frazier poses at Citi Field following his official introduction by the Mets. (AP)
Todd Frazier poses at Citi Field following his official introduction by the Mets. (AP)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterIt's impossible for anyone to write a piece about Mets veterans and leadership without acknowledging David Wright. He's been the face of the franchise. He's been the guy in the clubhouse mentoring young players, both in on the field and off the field actions. He has been the guy who is great with the New York media. He has been our Captain.

But unfortunately, Wright isn't able to be the Wright we all want him to be right now. His presence is still extremely important. But his future is unknown -- he even admits this. And with the potential of Wright not being there (and having not physically been there these past couple of seasons) this is a huge void that needs to be filled.

It's been great seeing Wright in Port St. Lucie so far, training (as much as he can) with his team, and just being there with his teammates. But at the same time, it's been a bit bittersweet, as none of us know what to expect from him...

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Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

It was great to see Michael Conforto on the field, throwing, catching, laughing and again looking like a baseball player. In general, he appears to be less strong, but that is to be expected given the intense surgery he had on his shoulder as well as the extensive rehab that followed.

That said, he's moving fine. He did all stretches with teammates before long tossing from the foul line to center field and had no issues catching the baseball. He didn't hit, of course, but that will come...

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mickey Callaway hasn't been around David Wright all that much yet, but such an impression has been made on the new manager that he wants Wright around the team as much as his rehab will permit. 

Wright has been limited to just 75 games in the last three years due to injuries, missing all of 2017, and is fighting an uphill battle to ever take another MLB at-bat. But Callaway already knows that Wright's value goes far beyond the batter's box as his leadership is invaluable.

"Everybody knows who David Wright is and the leader that he is," Callaway said...

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David Wright injury update 00:02:01
New York Mets captain David Wright meets the media in Port St. Lucie and updates his health status and rehab as he attempts to play again.

Mets 3B David Wright is realistic about the uphill climb ahead of him, but is not giving up on his goal to return.

"When it's all said and done I want me to be able to say I did everything I could," Wright said Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie. "If it works, that's obviously the goal. And if it doesn't work, then I'll rest easy knowing that I gave it my best shot."

Wright said he's still in the rehab process, and that he's been in constant communication with his doctors about determining the progression.

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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 3B David Wright has reported to Spring Training, according to Laura Albanese of Newsday, who says Wright looks healthier than she's seen in a while.

Wright, who has been limited to 75 games over the past three seasons (and didn't play at all in 2017) due to spinal stenosis and has recently undergone three surgeries, had not begun baseball activity as of last week, according to Ken Davidoff. 

When the Mets signed Todd Frazier to play third base, Wright welcomed him. And while the 35-year-old Wright recently said that he's uncertain about his future, he's not giving up his comeback attempt...

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Frazier excited to join the Mets 00:05:19
Todd Frazier answers questions from the media for the first time as a member of the New York Mets and discusses how he can help this team.

"This is my home, man," Todd Frazier said after being introduced as the Mets' new third baseman on Wednesday. "I belong here. I belong in New York."

"It's a great situation, and I'm very proud to say I'm a New York Met."

Frazier, who spent the second half of last season with the Yankees, said he has spoken with David Wright, who is "excited" about Frazier joining the Mets.

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Comparing the 1994 strike to now 00:06:28
The Baseball Night in New York panel compares the 1994 strike to today's labor issues as the MLBPA denounces the circling strike rumors.

The slow free-agent market...

When talking to people at large player agencies, I'm left thinking maybe they're right -- maybe something is afoot in the business of baseball. The thing is, after talking to smaller agencies, I go back to believing this is a small correction created mostly by the temporary absence of the Dodgers and Yankees spending on big free agents.

The reality is that the market will probably balance out some place in the middle.

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Comparing the 1994 strike to now 00:06:28
The Baseball Night in New York panel compares the 1994 strike to today's labor issues as the MLBPA denounces the circling strike rumors.

The slow free-agent market...

When talking to people at large player agencies, I'm left thinking maybe they're right -- maybe something is afoot in the business of baseball. The thing is, after talking to smaller agencies, I go back to believing this is a small correction created mostly by the temporary absence of the Dodgers and Yankees spending on big free agents.

The reality is that the market will probably balance out some place in the middle.

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright stands on the field during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, May 27, 2016, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright stands on the field during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, May 27, 2016, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets 3B David Wright, who has been limited to 75 games over the past three seasons (and didn't play at all in 2017) due to spinal stenosis and has recently undergone three surgeries, has not yet begun baseball activity, reports Ken Davidoff of the NY Post

Wright, who plans to report to Spring Training along with the rest of the team, recently said that while he's uncertain about his future, he's not giving up his comeback attempt.

"It really hurts to say this, but I obviously can't be relied on to go out there and do what I've done throughout my career," Wright told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com "That is a tough thing to say."

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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)

After being elected to the Hall of Fame with 97.16 percent of the vote, the 11th highest of all-time, Chipper Jones shared his thoughts on becoming just the 17th third baseman in the Hall of Fame. 

A fellow third baseman that came up was Mets captain David Wright, who Jones spoke of with effusive praise. Jones believes that Wright was going to be in the Hall of Fame if not for the neck and back injuries that have halted his career.

"It's unfortunate. Because David, I think, could be one of the guys standing up there on the podium one day," Jones said, via Peter Botte of NY Daily News. "He was certainly headed that way before injuries set in..."

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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot said by Mets GM Sandy Alderson and COO Jeff Wilpon Tuesday when they discussed with reporters the team's payroll and spending during a private lunch at Citi Field.

Here is Part 2 of my reaction to specific noteworthy quotes, which come by way of articles in the New York Post, Daily News, Newsday and MLB.com. CLICK HERE to read Part 1...


Have the Mets done enough to win in 2018?

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BNNY: David Wright's doubts 00:05:24
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses David Wright's recent comments regarding his health and durability moving forward.

Over the past three seasons, David Wright has been able to play only 75 games due to spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine. He didn't play at all in 2017, despite holding optimism about his health. 

What began as optimism in 2017 would end with two more surgeries and now, a month away from spring training, Wright admits he's uncertain about his comeback chances. But he's going to keep trying.  

"It really hurts to say this, but I obviously can't be relied on to go out there and do what I've done throughout my career," Wright said, via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com "That is a tough thing to say..."

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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."

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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)

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)

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...

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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
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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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