"I always wanted to be on the field again to have my daughter see me play", Wright said.
During a press conference on Thursday, Wright announced that it will likely be the last series of his career. "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me".
The 35-year-old, despite all the injuries, had himself a nice 13-year career. 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. Over 1,583 career games he slashed.296/.376/.491 with 1,777 hits, 242 home runs, 970 RBI and 196 stolen bases. With a blend of power, speed and quality defense at the hot corner, Wright was a true five-tool player during a peak that was all too brief.
Wright has salaries of $20 million this year, $15 million next season and $12 million in 2020, the final year of his deal.
Back, shoulder and neck issues have limited the Mets captain to just 75 games over the past four seasons.
"It's truly been an honor to take the field with you and serve as your captain".
Wright's scheduled return date marks the end of a long road back to the major leagues for the seven-time All-Star. For now, the focus will be on Wright's last hurrah with the only team he's ever known - on the emotional farewell that Wright will bid to the fans he's cherished and the game to which he's dedicated life.