Captain America’s entire career was in jeopardy last year. Diagnosed with spinal stenosis, some thought he had played his last big-league game. Wright worked extremely hard to get back on the field, and was still a difference maker for the New York Mets. He played 38 games in 2015 and the Mets went 23-15 with Wright on the field. In the postseason, it was evident that the back was still a major issue for the 33-year-old All-Star.
No one really knows what to expect from Wright over the course of a full season. It’s hard to imagine him playing more than 130 games, especially at third base. There was talk that the Mets should trade Lucas Duda to an American League team to open a spot at first base for Wright. In reality, that is a difficult move to make when there are no guarantees that Wright will be able to play even close to a full season. The Mets will have to navigate this situation very carefully.
Zack Wheeler is another Met returning from injury who could have a big impact. It’s still unclear exactly how the 25-year-old right-hander will be used when he returns mid-season. The Mets have the luxury of bringing Wheeler along slowly, and his impact on the 2016 season may be limited until the postseason.