David Wright is moving into the Mets' front office.
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.
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.