NEW YORK -- If David Wright winds up missing significant time due to his back injury, the Mets reportedly are in position to recoup a portion of his $138 million contract.
Wright's eight-year contract is insured, FOX Sports reported, should the third baseman miss more than 60 days due to injury. If Wright is still out on June 14, the Mets will begin collecting 75 percent of his salary for every day that he misses.
Teams used to routinely insure large contracts, but that trend has dwindled in recent years. The Mets did not insure Johan Santana's $137.5 million contract, for example, leaving them on the hook for his entire salary when he missed the 2011 and '13 seasons.
Wright has been out since April 14 with what initially appeared to be a routine hamstring injury. He has since been shut down twice due to lower-back discomfort. The Mets recently diagnosed him with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column. Wright is under contract through 2020, with a $20 million salary this season.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.