Former Mets captain David Wright, who retired after the 2018 season, is still expected to receive his full salary — even though Major League Baseball has been shut down since mid-March and is holding out hope to play an 82-game season.
The Mets owe Wright $12 million, but his salary is partly covered by insurance. The former Mets captain received $15 million in 2019.
Though Wright is still set to receive a big payday, the highest-paid player in baseball this season might be a former slugger who has not appeared in a game since July 18, 2016.
According to The Athletic, Prince Fielder, owed $24 million in the final year of his contract with the Rangers, is to receive his full termination pay under terms of the March agreement between the owners and players regarding a shortened or canceled 2020 season.
When it comes to Wright’s deal, The Post’s Ken Davidoff has reported it’s standard operating procedure for the Mets and their insurers to negotiate a settlement in which the team gets an upfront payment in return for paying more of Wright’s salary out of its own pocket.
Based on industry precedent as of 2018, the Mets figured to get about $15 million from their insurer and pay Wright the rest, their extra payments mitigated by the immediate infusion of the settlement. The status quo, in which insurance paid for 75 percent of Wright’s contract, wouldn’t have lasted regardless of Wright’s activation.
The Mets also paid Wright for his brief farewell that came at the end of the 2018 season.
For six days on the active roster, from Sept. 25 through the end of the 2018 season, the Mets paid Wright $641,711.23, the professional sports team equivalent of dinner at a nice restaurant for civilians, according to a previous Post report. The Mets then declared Wright medically ineligible to play after the season-ending farewell homestand spent on the active roster.
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