(Chris Soto: This is the big story of the day. The return of our +5.0 win per year All-Star third baseman. A healthy Wright is a massive upgrade over the bodies the Mets have been throwing out there on a nightly basis. During his rehab assignment Wright batted .321 with a .424 OBP so it looks like the bat is ready to go. How much is he going to contribute? Only time will tell....but I think you will all be quite surprised.)
Brian Devine | Metsmerized Online- [According to] reports, the Mets aren’t finished looking for relief help. Even with the additions of Tyler Clippard and Eric O’Flaherty, their bullpen has been unreliable and inconsistent during the second half. Mets’ relievers own an ERA just above four since the break, and they have allowed 13 runs in their last 17 innings. The Mets have looked into reuniting with the team’s former closer Francisco Rodriguez, but the fact that he is owed money beyond this year is an issue. K-Rod, who is dominating for the Brewers, is under contract next year for $ 5.5 Million. He has an excellent 2.06 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in 43.2 innings serving as Milwaukee’s closer this season.
(Chris Soto: I would be 100% behind reuniting with Francisco Rodriguez for not only 2015 but 2016 as well. You have to remember that Jhenrry Mejia is likely to be non tender after failing another drug test and it is also very likely that Parnell gets non tendered too after struggling to recover fully from Tommy John. In addition, Clippard, O'Flaherty, and Blevins are all free agents after this season so 2016's bullpen is pretty barren right now.)
Anthony DiComo | Mets.com- The Mets have not been able to shake him...[they] were ready to option Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas days after his debut, when they traded for Cespedes, but Cuddyer's DL stint bought the rookie a bit more time. A few days later, they actually did option Conforto, but a DL trip for Nieuwenhuis ensured that he would never cash in his plane ticket. This weekend the Mets avoided demoting Conforto when Duda hit the DL. Then Sunday, because Verrett saved the Mets' bullpen with eight brilliant innings in a 5-1 win over the Rockies, the Mets decided they no longer needed to carry an extra reliever. So rather than ship Conforto out to clear roster space for Wright, they optioned Alvarez to Vegas. "It's crazy," said Conforto, "The way it's been happening, you don't like to see that, you don't like to see guys going on the DL. But the fact that I'm still here, I'm very excited. It's where I want to be."
(Chris Soto: As expected, Conforto is holding his own. He's not hitting everything....but his .258 batting average and .840 OPS is by far better than anything else the Mets have been putting out in LF during the 2015 season. As indicated by the wide split in his average and OPS, when he is making contact....it's very loud. In fact, of his 16 hits so far, 50% of them are of the extra base or HR variety.)