David Wright will continue to have an impact with the Mets.
The former Mets third baseman, who played his last game in September, will remain with the club as special assistant to COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, the team announced on Monday.
The Mets also released Wright, who is still under contract through 2020, from the current roster.
"David Wright is an iconic Met and will be forever remembered for his contributions on the field as well as his numerous charitable endeavors," Wilpon said in a statement. "David attended the recent Winter Meetings at the suggestion of myself and Brodie Van Wagenen where he contributed throughout with our baseball operations group and wanted to pursue this route. We are thrilled he will remain close to the Mets family and will be a great asset in this new role."
Wright also released a statement through the team in which he thanked ownership and the fans.
"I will always be tremendously grateful for the way the fans treated me because playing in this city and for this team was a dream come true," he said. "I look forward to contributing and taking the challenges of this new role."
David Wright will assume a new role with the club as Special Advisor to #Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and @GMBVW. In a related move, the organization and David mutually agreed to his release from the current roster. pic.twitter.com/C03PDVR4zO- New York Mets (@Mets) January 7, 2019
Former Mets manager Terry Collins said he was thrilled Wright decided to continue to stay in baseball after playing.
"I'm really happy for him," Collins said, according to Newsday's Steven Marcus. "This is just going to give him something to stay busy and stay involved in the game that he loves. It's great. He takes the game seriously. David's going to do a great job."
Wright, 36, had expressed interest in remaining with the organization in a front office type of role after announcing in September he was physically unable to continue playing due to back, neck and spinal issues, which included a spinal stenosis diagnosis in 2015.
SNY's Andy Martino had previously reported that Wright should land in the front office.
"I'd love to stay involved," Wright told SNY in September. "I love being around the game. I obviously love the organization. So I think I could provide value."
When Wright joined Van Wagenen and Wilpon for the winter meetings, the Mets GM called Wright's input "invaluable" from a player perspective and categorized his role at the time as "an advisor on different fronts."
Wright's role is expected to be a part-time role in order to allow him to spend time with his family.
The seven-time All-Star played four innings and had two plate appearances on Sept. 29 to cap a 14-year career with the Mets.