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Wrong time for Mets to deal Wright

Posted on: November 6, 2011 6:44 pm
David Wright

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The hot stove sometimes takes a little while to warm up and the first couple of weeks of November are often more of a lukewarm stove -- and the kindling that is a David Wright rumor shouldn't stoke the flames too much.

On the surface, it's the type of rumor that should draw newspaper headlines -- the Mets "listening" to offers on Wright, the fallen star in New York. Sure, the Mets will obviously listen on offers for Wright, they'd be fools not to listen -- especially with a number of teams needing a third baseman.

The Angels, Cubs, Phillies and Rockies could all be searching for a new third baseman. So could the Brewers, Marlins and Tigers. Wright won't be 30 for another year and he already has four All-Star Games, two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers on his mantle. There will always be a demand for a player like Wright -- especially in a free-agent market that has just one top-flight third baseman available.

The problem is, now is certainly not the time for the Mets to deal him -- listen, sure, but not pull the trigger. You don't sell low, and right now Wright is low, lower than he's ever been. He's coming off his worst offensive season of his career, hitting just .254/.345/.427 with 14 home runs and missed 58 games due to a stress fracture in his lower back. His 102 games played were the fewest since his rookie year of 2004 when he was called up after the All-Star break. Anyone taking Wright now is doing it for a steal -- and salary relief for the Mets.

A National League executive told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson would have to be "bowled over" to deal Wright this winter. That's unlikely to happen.

Wright will make $15 million in 2012 and the Mets have a $16 million option with a $1 million buyout for 2013. Wright can void that option if he's traded, making him little more than a rental if he's traded during the season. That would hurt his value at the deadline, but nothing like the questions surrounding his health and recent production coming off his pedestrian 2011.

Despite the talks of Wright being on the market, the Mets first move for 2012 was a giant flashing sign saying they'll keep Wright. Last week the team announced that not only will they move the walls in at Citi Field, they'll also lower them. The changes, whether the Mets will say so or not, are meant to help Wright.

In the three seasons since Citi Field opened, Wright has hit just .279/.377/.449 with an average of just more than seven home runs a season at home. At Shea Stadium. Wright hit .318/.403/.555 and averaged 29 homers per season from 2005-08, with at least half of those coming at home. The most he's hit in a season at Citi Field is 12, when he hit 29 total homers in 2010.

"You'd be lying if you said you enjoyed hitting at Citi Field," Wright told last week. "I don't think anybody would say they enjoyed hitting in such a pitchers' ballpark. I don't think we ever looked at the field and it intimidated us. But obviously it's frustrating at times when you hit a ball good and you don't see the results that you want to see." 

Of course it's not just Wright, Citi Field allowed just 1.43 home runs per game, the lowest in the majors over its first three years. Other Mets can benefit (notably Jason Bay), but the Mets could benefit the most from an increased offensive output from Wright. If Wright flourishes in the new park, then his stock could would be much higher than it is now. If he doesn't put up significantly better numbers, that trade value is unlikely to change from where it is now.

Wright can still be one of the premier third basemen in baseball, but right now he's a .254 hitter with 14 homers -- that with a $15 million price tag doesn't bring back elite prospects. If Wright finds the new Citi Field to his liking, he can be an impact player for the Mets -- and their future. Wright won't be a Met forever, but he should be one on opening day.

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Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:31 am

Wrong time for Mets to deal Wright

As a Giant fan i would love to see Wright in San Fran, we could easily afford to trade away pitching, with prospects, one of snachez or Cain, and maybe thrown in huff to make the deal work. Even if they keep Huff he could play OF and have the Panda play first and wright at 3B. That move would be a huge upgrade to the offense. Plus with Huff only with 1 year left on contract hes easier to trade.

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:07 am

Wrong time for Mets to deal Wright

The Mets should never trade Wright or Reyes. The two are both superstars and I expect to see Wright return to form next year regardless of the ballpark. The problem is the ownership. The ownership's financial woes have made the Mets a large market team trying to be a small market team because the owners have made a number of blunders. To cut salary as drastic as they are is gonna mean trouble. If they cannot fund the team they should sell it. The commissioner is friendly with Met's ownership, if this was Dodger's ownership he would be looking to make them sell the team. Other teams eat bad salaries and dump players, the Mets are not as ready to move on. The bottom line is things will sink to an unbelievable low for citi in attendance and for fan moral if both players are gone for 2012.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:01 am

Wrong time for Mets to deal Wright

So the Mets upper management, who are genuises, especially the owners, do not want fans to come see their team play.  Already Reyes is gone and now trade Wright.  Wow!!  And how much money did the team lose this year?

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:03 am

Wrong time for Mets to deal Wright

Since the Mets have no plan and no managment the best thing for David Wright is a trade. It won't matter to the Mets one way or another. It will be 3 to 5 years before they will contend and even then just maybe.

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:00 am

Wrong time for Mets to deal Wright

Since the Mets have no plan and no management, the best thing for both the Mets and the David Wright is a trade.

With all the bad moves the Met's have made, its hard to say what's a good move and what isn't. Trading Wright would be the best thing for David, but what's left behind? For sure Reyes is gone, not that I'd want him on my team, but Wright's a valuable commodity and unless the Mets make him the cornerstone of a rebuilding effort, they should trade him. 

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:11 pm

Wrong time for Mets to deal Wright

I like the fact that there will be more offense in games, but fans need to realize the Mets will not be the only ones hitting them out. Their opponents will be slugging for the new fences to. That brings me to my next point.. the Mets starting rotation.  The rotation is weak, even Santana in his good days always had trouble limiting homeruns he allowed. Mike Pelfrey has only gotten owrst in this department as well. The other 2 or 3 expected to be in the 2012 rotation are no "groundball specialists" either.  I can't see how this is going to help an already shaky Mets' rotation, the only answer at this point would be for the Mets to get better starters in, and fast. 

Oh and as for the lineup I'd rather have Reyes back then Wright stay if it comes to making a choice. 

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:13 pm

Wrong time for Mets to deal Wright

I agree with you 100% on this.  I especially like "... starve the Wilpons money until they have to sell the team". 

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:00 pm

Shop him and see

I seriously doubt any team out there is willing to pay through the nose for David Wright in 2012, but why not dangle him out there and field offers? The organization has Daniel Murphy (who was hitting .320 at the time of season ending injury) plus its minor league POY, Josh Satin, is a AAA third baseman. Wright's problems the past few years can't all be blamed on the dimensions of CitiField. It's not like he was a stud player for the games played on the road. It's not like he can blame the outfield fence for his woeful defense. Plus, it can't be easily dismissed that he's a post-concussion shell of his former self either. There are many pieces to the equation, but the bottom line is David Wright has been derailed off his meteoric start to his career, and he's never going near that level again. He's a greatly flawed player, offensively and defensively. He makes too much money for his level of production, especially on a team tightening its fiscal belt drastically. Plus, he's entering his walk year, and not an attractive piece going forward as the "face of the team," or whatever ridiculous tag he's been dogged with for the past few years. The Mets should not sign him to megabucks going forward, and they shouldn't lose him for compensatory picks either, like they're doing with Reyes now. Not if there's a more attractive deal out there for the taking? So why not look? The Mets can win or lose just as equally with or without him in 2012, but their chances of winning will increase beyond that with his albatross contract off the books, and his lead glove off the infield and his weakening bat out of the middle of the lineup. I've followed Wright and rooted for him since being picked as compensation for losing Mike Hampton as a free agent. He was better than any Mets fan has the right to dream a prospect could be, but it's been dragging out badly for years now, and the Mets should seek a way to end the relationship on their terms, not the other way around while suffering another season of his mediocre play.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:49 pm

Wrong time for Mets to deal Wright


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