David Wright Takes Front-Office Role With Mets

 Mets third baseman David Wright tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins on Sept. 29, 2018, at Citi Field.
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David Wright is moving into the Mets' front office.

On Monday, the team announced that the Mets great is being hired as a special advisor to COO Jeff Wilpon and to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

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

Wright, 36, played the final games of his career at the end of last season. Back, shoulder and neck issues limited him to just 77 games over four years, and despite working hard to return to the diamond, doctors told Wright his condition, which includes spinal stenosis, would not improve. 

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In his first major league in action in more than two years, Wright grounded out in a pinch-hit at-bat against the Marlins on Sept. 28 and then started against Miami the next night, going 0-for-1 with a walk.

With two years and $27 million remaining on his contract, however, Wright did not announce his retirement. He and the Mets must reach a settlement to free up his spot on the 40-man roster. 

Wright was spotted with Van Wagenen at baseball's winter meetings last month in Las Vegas. Jeff Wilpon wanted the longtime third baseman to get a feel for the executive side of the business, the Daily News reported.

Wright is said to have been looking for a way to remain active in baseball. His role with the Mets will be a part-time one that allows him to spend time with his family, including his two young daughters, according to the Daily News.

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The Mets selected Wright in the first round (38th overall) of the 2001 draft out of Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. Playing in parts of 14 seasons, the seven-time All-Star is the Mets' all-time leader in hits (1,777), RBIs (970) and runs scored (949). His .296 career batting average is tied for third in franchise history, and his 242 home runs trail only Darryl Strawberry, who hit 10 more. Wright was also a member of the Mets' 2015 World Series team.

In 2013, he was named the fourth captain in franchise history.