David Wright shut down for the season with left shoulder inflammation

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David Wright’s disappointing season came to an end on Tuesday, as the Mets announced immediately after their game against the Rockies that he was being shut down due to left shoulder inflammation.

Wright injured the shoulder in early June, but he played through it for three weeks before undergoing an MRI and sitting down for a week. Upon returning, he was generally ineffective, hitting .257/.310/.341 with two homers and 22 RB in 214 at-bats. He actually had a nice game Monday in what proved to be his season finale, delivering a triple and a double in a win over the Rockies. However, he was too sore to start tonight and the Mets, with little to play for, decided that shutting him down was the smart move.

The 31-year-old Wright isn’t expected to require surgery on the shoulder, and he should enter the spring at 100 percent. Wright will make $20 million next year in the third year of his eight-year, $138 million contract.

Wright finishes the year at .269/.324/.374 with eight homers, 63 RBI and eight steals. It’s the first time in his career that he’s finished in single digits in homers or steals. The .698 OPS is far and away a new low for him. His previous worst marks were .771 in 2011 and .837 in 2009.

The Mets now have a decision to make on how to handle third base the rest of the season. Eric Campbell has nominally been Wright’s backup and he started tonight, but it’d make more sense to free up at-bats for Dilson Herrera than to play Campbell regularly. They could go about that by auditioning Herrera, a natural second baseman, at third, or by sticking starting second baseman Daniel Murphy at his old position. Playing Wilmer Flores at third and Ruben Tejada at shortstop also makes sense. The problem is that it’s shortstop and second base that are the question marks for the Mets going forward. Moving one of the youngsters over to the hot corner temporarily would get the player some at-bats, but the Mets know they need to plan for Flores and Herrera playing other positions in 2015 and beyond.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.