PHOENIX -- Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has switched agents from Paul Kinzer to Scott Boras, according to an industry source.
Rodriguez, who signed a three-year, $37 million free-agent contract prior to the 2009 season, will vest a $17.5 million contract option for 2012 if he finishes 55 games this season, a mark he is on pace to surpass. For that reason, Rodriguez ranks among the Mets most likely to be traded prior to this month's non-waiver deadline. An acquiring team could use Rodriguez as a setup man, thereby avoiding his option.
Entering Saturday, Rodriguez, 29, has converted 23 saves in 26 chances this season with a 3.16 ERA.
Boras, who already represents Mets players Carlos Beltran and Mike Pelfrey, made news when he talked to shortstop Jose Reyes earlier this year. But Reyes, who will be a free agent at season's end, opted to stay with representatives Peter and Ed Greenberg and Chris Leible.
Wright advancing quickly in rehab work
SAN FRANCISCO -- Terry Collins brought an uncharacteristic amount of good news with him to his usual pregame meeting with the media, specifically regarding the progress of David Wright.
Wright, working at the club's Spring Training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., talked with Collins on Friday and is progressing "very, very well." Wright, on the disabled list since May 18 with a stress fracture in his lower back, ran at nearly full speed and will begin running the bases and sliding Monday. Collins said Wright has been taking batting practice and infield drills with the Mets' Class A Advanced team.
The third baseman might bypass live batting practice and move straight to rehab games starting Wednesday. He will likely need 30 to 40 at-bats to regain his swing, get comfortable and shake the rust off.
"We'll see how he's doing. Certainly a lot of it will be dictated in how he's playing, too. We just have to wait and see," Collins said, adding that he didn't think Wright would need all 20 of his allotted days on rehab. "He'll have a say in that. If he tells me, 'Look, I'm not seeing the ball good, I'm not feeling good at the plate,' that'll all have a say, too, on whether or not we activate him."
Collins said he will send some of his staff down to Port St. Lucie to evaluate Wright as his return draws nearer, which should make the Mets less reliant on Wright's numbers and his own assessment of whether he is ready to return to the Majors. Ideally, Wright will be back by the Mets' 10-game road trip that starts July 22, which would give him more than a week's worth of Minor League at-bats.
Despite all the good news regarding Wright's status -- and that of Ike Davis and Jose Reyes -- Collins tried to avoid sounding overly optimistic.
"We're making a lot of assumptions that there's not going to be setbacks, that everything's going to move smoothly and progress fast, and we just don't know if that's going to happen," he said. "Right now, if everything was in a perfect world, yeah, I think on that road trip he should be coming back."
Davis, Reyes take steps forward
SAN FRANCISCO -- The good news on Ike Davis continued to roll in from Arizona on Saturday, and the Mets were hopeful to see some positive signs from Jose Reyes in San Francisco as well.
Davis ran on a treadmill, putting 100 percent of his weight on his injured left ankle for the first time, and felt "great," Mets manager Terry Collins said. The next step for Davis will be running on the field either Sunday or Monday, and he can move forward from there, hopefully avoiding season-ending microfracture surgery.
For now, he remains in his native Arizona working with Fischer Sports, and Collins couldn't help but be a little optimistic given the latest developments.
"He finished the running program and did not have any discomfort," Collins said Saturday. "We'll certainly wait until tomorrow to see how it is, but obviously that's terrific news."
As for Reyes, Collins said the injured shortstop would begin hitting, throwing and fielding during batting practice Saturday at AT&T Park. At this point, the tentative plan is to have Reyes return from his left hamstring strain on July 22, when the Mets begin a 10-game road trip through Florida, Cincinnati and Washington. Davis and David Wright could be on track to return around the same time.
"They're all similar," Collins said. "Ike's been out a little bit longer than the other guys, and we have to get his legs under him because that's been the issue for him, where for David it was the back. If they can all proceed the way we think, we're looking at three more weeks and we should be in pretty good shape."
Return of injured stars will bolster Mets' bench
SAN FRANCISCO -- With or without one or more blockbuster trades, the Mets team that takes the field in late July will not look like the one in AT&T Park this weekend.
As Jose Reyes, David Wright and Ike Davis are all set to return sooner rather than later, many of the Mets who have seen a lot of time in the starting lineup recently will return to roles on the bench. Manager Terry Collins said players like Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Justin Turner will continue to be important parts of the club, and the time spent developing some reserves during the first half of the season should pay dividends toward the end of the year.
"Those guys that have been playing here, they're going to continue to have huge roles here, but yeah, our bench will be a lot better. No doubt about it," Collins said. "I think we've got a very, very good look now of the options we're going to have when that time comes, and you've got to like the fact that those guys are confident in what they're doing.
"I don't think it's going to change the way these guys deal with it. I think these guys understand it's all about the team," Collins added. "They've had to step up, and we've asked them to step up. They did it. They may not like [returning to the bench], which they're not supposed to like it, but I know they'll accept it and they'll do the best they can. No doubt in my mind."
Mets manager Terry Collins said he thought Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter getting his 3,000th hit -- on a 5-for-5 day at the plate, no less -- was "tremendous" and great for all of baseball. Collins also expressed his admiration for Jeter's "magical" career, one he joked will end with a day much like the one Jeter enjoyed Saturday.
"If you wrote a story, that would be the ending to it," Collins said. "His last game, when he's going to retire, he's going to get four hits, he's going to get the game-winner, he's going to make a play in the hole, he's going to make a jump-throw to first, nip the guy in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Yankees are going to win his last game. And win the World Series. It'll probably be in the bottom of the ninth in the World Series."
Amid the unusual amount of positive news about players potentially returning to the Mets roster, Collins reiterated once again that he isn't taking the time to focus on impending roster moves as the July 31 Trade Deadline draws near.
"I just think you eat yourself up over trying to worry about who's going to be here," he said. "I only worry about who's in there now. In two weeks, I'll walk in there and I'll see who's in there and put the lineup together. ... Once I divert the energy into another forum of worrying about who's going to be here and who isn't, then I'm not doing due justice to the guys that are here."
Daniel Murphy's three hits in Friday night's 5-2 win over the Giants tied his career high. It was his eighth three-hit game this year and the 18th of his career. Since May 21, Murphy is batting .358 (62-for-173), the fourth-highest average in the Majors.
Adam Berry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.