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Rockies to go hard after David Wright

Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:00 pm
 
WrightBy Evan Brunell

The Rockies had quite a disappointing season, missing 90 losses by one measly game and extending their postseason drought to two years. Colorado's serious about arresting its decline and ensuring that the team can contend with Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez under contract and to that end plan to be aggressive in its pursuit of third baseman David Wright of the Mets, the Denver Post writes.

Heralded prospect Ian Stewart failed spectacularly, Ty Wigginton left such a sour taste in Colorado's mouth they want to deal him even it means eating money, and Jordan Pachecho isn't anyone's idea of a viable player even if he could succeed in a platoon. None of these names are the slugging right-handed bat the club craves to protect Tulowitzki in the order and drop Todd Helton to sixth. Wright can be that man, but the Mets don't intend on dealing the face of the franchise, especially with fellow star player Jose Reyes set to hit free agency. (Read Eye on Baseball's R.I.P covering the Mets, in which it is recommended the team let Reyes walk.)

The Rockies would certainly have to give up some of their starting pitching depth in any deal with the Mets, as GM Sandy Alderson is keying in on those positions. Colorado could also theoretically ship Wigginton to New York as a temporary fill-in, and the team could also discuss top third-base prospect Nolan Arenado. If Wright is a no-go, the team could revisit a trade for the Pirates' Pedro Alvarez or San Diego's Chase Headley, whom the club attempted to get earlier in the season. The Rockies would trade away Stewart in that case, although the team is loathe to part with Stewart at the nadir of his value. Still, the club is sufficiently frustrated enough with Stewart and his lack of preparation for 2011 to be ready to move on.

"He has to make baseball his first priority from the start of the winter until the end of it," Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd said. "If he's willing to do that, we are willing to give him another opportunity."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Rockies to go hard after David Wright

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Rockies to go hard after David Wright

Robbie, sorry but I don't see the "need" to get rid of a guy like Wright who prior to entering Citifield, was an MVP candidate for a few years AS A KID trying to play in NY and be the face of the franchise.  He had a terrible year this year, but played for about a month with a horrible back before finally going on the DL, he was hitting well before that.  He had a pretty good year in '10 too.  AND, most importantly, he'll be hitting in a much more normalized stadium this year as NY has already publicly said they are moving the fences in and shortening them.  So, now would seem to be the WORST time to trade Wright, as given his career, his drastic drop off from having to hit in Citifield the last few years, his just entering his prime age-wise, and his getting a semi-normal place to hit again.  So you'd be "selling" when his stock was at the lowest point it has been in his career, which should have a minimum of 5 good years (could easily be 8) left in it, when the stadium is scheduled to be made more hitter friendly.  

Also, as to Ike Davis - you're giving up on him already??!  Really??  What was it that he did or didn't do that would call for sucha hasty move?  He was called -up in May '10, asked to hit in the middle of the order (mostly 4th), played GREAT defense, and produced a HUGE boost for the Mets.  Last year he was NY's best hitter until his season-ending injury.  By all accounts, he is expected to be back and ready for the start of next year.  And, oh, he too will benefit from the changes to Citifield.  So again, what do you want from this guy??   

I agree the Mets need pitching, but they have no $ to do it via free agency (absent the reclamation projects like they did last year on the cheap and smart - Young, Izzy, Capuano - Dickey the year before.  Next year we'll see what/if Mejia will bring after his recovery, and most importantly, what Johan will bring and whether Young will try on more time or just retire.  But they are building for '13 as far as starters go for Harvey and Wheeler, and the other kid whose name escapes me.  Anyway, the answer is not to give up on Davis after such a small, yet productive sample, or Wright who's value is at an all-time low but who is still young, and will benefit greatly from not having to hit into 388 and 415 gaps, and 20 foot left field fence!  

  



Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Rockies to go hard after David Wright

Mets fans or not.  It's time to get what you can get.  I'm not sold on Huston Street or Seth Smith.  Draft picks unless it's in the first two rounds are a complete gamble.  Met's need pitching and a first basemen.  Davis isn't the answer at first neither.  Ok. Let's get creative.



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Rockies to go hard after David Wright

Hey Mets fans,What do you think about this trade? Mets get Huston Street, Seth Smith, and Nolan Arendo for david Wright and a 5th or 6th round draft pick? That's what I'm thinking will happen if the deal goes through.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:46 am
 

Rockies to go hard after David Wright

Smiller, why don't you back up your ridiculous statements with some facts?  If Wright "sucks" surely you won't find him anywhere on the active leaders list for players under 30 will you?  If he "sucks" you won't discover that his stadium is a complete JOKE and that a wall street journal study showed the differences b/t the Mets and Yankees had each player had to hit in the oterh's stadium and the results were expected by those of us who watch every game.  Basically, before he had to move into Citifield and reinvent his swing (which he continues to do), Wirght was a top 5 NL talent, plain and simple - he was robbed for the MVP in '07, but nonetheless, his stats (in pitcher firendly Shea) were top 5 NL year in year out - he did everything well.  Now that NY is committed to moving the fences in, you'll see how much he "stinks" again, I guarantee it - also look for Bay to bounce back as well!  NY is not trading this guy b/c Jose is gone.  NY will be happy to have Daivs, Murphy, and Santana back.  NY will be avg. next year.  But in 2013, post madoff, they will be primed and ready as both Wheeler and Harvey will be part of their staff, Santana will be fully recovered, they'll still have Dickey and Gee and Neisse, and they'll have money to spend to put more bats around Wright and Davis.  BTW, the Bears suck!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Rockies to go hard after David Wright

Macbill - give it a rest on Wright.  Until Wright was faced with having to hit in the single worst hitters park in MLB 81 games a year, try to alter his swing, etc., etc., he was the best young player in the game outside of Cabrera - but don't believe me, just look it up!!  If you look at ALL the active players under 30, Cabrera tops all the major offensive lists of leaders except SB, and Wright is right there with him, again, in nearly every major offensive category. He had his worst year ever this year, but watching every game as I do, it is no wonder he gets demorilized in a stadium that turns shot after shot into outs.  Next year, NY is going to significantly alter the fences back to normal sized, and you'll see Wright return to his former SUPERSTAR self (and btw, he did most of that at Shea - another pitcher's park)! 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Rockies to go hard after David Wright

Macbill - give it a rest on Wright.  Until Wright was faced with having to hit in the single worst hitters park in MLB 81 games a year, try to alter his swing, etc., etc., he was the best young player in the game outside of Cabrera - but don't believe me, just look it up!!  If you look at ALL the active players under 30, Cabrera tops all the major offensive lists of leaders except SB, and Wright is right there with him, again, in nearly every major offensive category. He had his worst year ever this year, but watching every game as I do, it is no wonder he gets demorilized in a stadium that turns shot after shot into outs.  Next year, NY is going to significantly alter the fences back to normal sized, and you'll see Wright return to his former SUPERSTAR self (and btw, he did most of that at Shea - another pitcher's park)! 



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Rockies to go hard after David Wright

The Mets are going nowhere fast and Wright deserves better - perfect fit for him!


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