Injured New York Mets third baseman David Wright's contract insures the team against long-term injury, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Wright's contract states that in the instance he misses 60 games, the Mets recoup 75% of his pay until he is able to play again, Rosenthal tweeted Tuesday night.
Wright is in the third season of an eight-year, $138 million contract that nets him $20 million this season with $2.5 million deferred to pay out between 2021–25. The seven-time All-Star has $107 million remaining on his deal, including his 2015 salary.
Last week, the Mets announced Wright, 32, had been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, the same degenerative back condition that forced former Met Lenny Dykstra to retire in the 1990s and ended New York Giants running back David Wilson's career in 2013. It can cause numbness, weakness, cramping and pain in the arms and legs.
Wright, the Mets' captain, had been out since April 15 with a hamstring injury and developed back pain in early May, leading to his re-evaluation.
The Mets are 26–21 and sit 1.5 games behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.
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