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Mets want insurance to continue paying David Wright’s salary


On Tuesday, the Mets moved third baseman David Wright‘s rehab to Triple-A, but assistant GM John Ricco said not to expect Wright to appear in a major league game by the end of the season, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Ricco said, “It’s unrealistic to think he would be activated anytime soon, based on what we have seen to this point. But we really have been taking it step-by-step and giving him every opportunity to get back.”

Puma, however, notes that insurance is paying 75 percent of Wright’s $20 million salary for the 2018 season. If the Mets were to activate him from the disabled list, the club would have to pay the entirety of his prorated salary. Wright’s return could also make it more difficult for the team to have insurance cover his salary in 2019 and beyond if he were to once again be unable to stay healthy. Wright is owed $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020.

Wright, 35, hasn’t appeared in a major league game since May 27, 2016 due to neck, back, and shoulder injuries.

It is interesting to see which areas the Wilpons find concerning, money-wise. They have scoured for reasons to keep José Reyes — an alleged domestic abuser — and his .596 OPS on the active roster all season despite making $2 million. In fact, rather than simply boot Reyes off the roster when he was severely underperforming in June, the club tried to convince him to hold a retirement news conference. When he didn’t, things proceeded as normal and Reyes remained on the roster.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.