David Wright shouldn’t feel much pressure to justify his new $138 million contract, said Carlos Beltran, the third baseman’s former teammate.
“Sometimes you really want to do more to help the team because you feel it’s on your shoulders,” said Beltran, who signed a seven-year deal worth $119 million with the Mets before the 2005 season. “But with David I feel it’s going to be a little different. He’s been with the organization a long time, so there is nothing he needs to change.”
Beltran, who started in right field for the Cardinals yesterday, said Wright doesn’t have anybody left to impress.
“He just has to go out there and play the game and do the best he can to help the team,” Beltran said. “It’s a new ball club and there are a lot of new faces, but he’s going to be the guy to help those kids try and play the game the right way.”
* Daniel Murphy is symptom-free in his recovery from a strained rib muscle, according to manager Terry Collins, but likely won’t play his first exhibition game for another 7-10 days. Murphy took grounders in the team’s indoor batting cage yesterday, but is not swinging a bat.
“The issue with Murph is to rein him back, pull him back a little bit,” Collins said. “Because when he starts swinging he can swing a thousand times before you know it.”
Beltran: Contract won’t cause Wright problems
New York Post | Feb 28