Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that third baseman David Wright will take his pre-signing physical — required to finalize his newly-agreed-to $138 million extension with the Mets — on Monday.
There’s no reason to think it won’t go smoothly.
Struck early Friday morning, the eight-year extension is the richest in franchise history, besting the six-year, $137.5 million contract given to left-handed starter Johan Santana in February 2008.
Wright, who turns 30 this month, will be in New York through at least the 2020 season if all goes according to plan.
The native of Norfolk, Virginia batted .306/.391/.492 with 21 home runs, 15 stolen bases and 93 RBI in 156 games this past season. He also played excellent defense at the hot corner.
Wright is a .301/.381/.506 career hitter through his first nine major-league seasons.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.