Tag:David Wright
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:18 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 7:26 pm

Could Mets keep Reyes and move Wright?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

David WrightWith the Mets' financial woes and Jose Reyes becoming a free agent after the season, the conventional wisdom has been that they will either trade Reyes or let him go in free agency and collect draft picks.

That may not be the case, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com writes.

Citing a source "familiar with the organization's thinking," Rubin writes the team could look to trade third baseman David Wright in the offseason.

"It will be a very ticklish situation because of what David has meant to the team for so long, but that's not a concern of [general manager] Sandy [Alderson]," the source said. "There will be some capital there to spend on Reyes if they choose to go in that direction. Now, he can't obviously get monster money. If Reyes wants monster money, no, the Mets won't keep him."

Alderson is likely to listen to offers for Reyes, but the source said it'll have to be a "great deal."

One team that has been linked to Reyes is the Cincinnati Reds, who currently have light-hitting Paul Janish at shortstop. However, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty hasn't had any talks with the Mets.

Wright is under team control for two more years -- earning $15 million next season with a $16 million team option for 2013. The team wouldn't trade Wright until after the season, the source told Rubin.

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Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 9:14 pm

Wright, Boras speak out on Wilpon's comments

By Evan Brunell

WilponEarlier Monday, Mets owner Fred Wilpon ripped several players in an article that ran in the New Yorker. Granted, those quotes were made in April while the Mets were busy being a mess, but that doesn't excuse Wilpon, who said third baseman David Wright, the face of the franchise, was a good player but not a superstar. Could have surprised the fanbase, as Wright has been marketed as a superstar to attract fans to the park.

He also called himself a schmuck for being suckered into Carlos Beltran's massive contract following his 2004 explosion in the postseason, as well as saying there was no way Jose Reyes would sniff a contract like Carl Crawford's seven-year, $142 million pact.

Wright chose to take the high road, declining to get into a tit-for-tat argument.

"Fred is a good man and is obviously going through some difficult times," he said in an e-mail to the New York Daily News. There is nothing more productive that I can say at this point.”

The Daily News adds that while Reyes is aware of the comments, he was "not bothered" and that his agents will not be commenting on the story. Carlos Beltran's agent, meanwhile, had different ideas. Scott Boras lashed out, saying he was surprised with the comments.

“These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know,” Boras told the New York Post. Boras produced Beltran's statistics on the year, currently at .280/.377/.533 to dispute Wilpon's contention that the center fielder-turned-right fielder was "60 to 70 percent of what he once was." Again, Wilpon made these comments in April, when no one knew what to expect from Beltran as he moved to a new position to avoid wear and tear on the knees, plus was coming off an uninspiring 2010. But Boras also said, rightly so, that he didn't feel as if these comments should have been made.

“If you’re a member of a team or an organization and respect one another, any evaluation or internal opinion of players currently on the team should stay there,” he said. “If you want success and optimal performance, it’s best to keep those in-house.”

All this has led to uncertainty about Beltran's future in the city post-2011, as he is an impending free agent. Wilpon may not agree to bring him back, or Beltran may not be interested.

“Carlos enjoys being a Met and is excited by how well he’s doing,” Boras said. “I have always had a good relationship with Jeff [Fred's son, on the right in the photo, with Fred] and Fred. It’s up to the individual player to look at the context of the statements discussed and come up with their own opinion.”

One Met -- who probably doesn't make enough to enter Wilpon's radar -- had a suggestion for the team's owner.

"Sometimes people say things they regret," pitcher Mike Pelfrey told the New York Times. "It’s a mistake and you learn from it. Maybe next spring when we have our media workshop for the players, Fred can come and sit in on it."

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:20 am

Wright's back injury could hobble him for life

By Evan Brunell
WrightWhile David Wright's stress fracture won't keep him out for the rest of the season, it appears as if Wright has opened himself to a life of back pain.

“Is he a risk for having recurring pain? Yeah, he’s at risk,” Jeff Goldstein, director of Spine Service at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, told the New York Post.

A stress fracture is essentially a crack in the bone, which is unlikely to ever heal. While Wright could return as soon as his 15 days are up, Arnold Criscitiello, a spine surgeon with Ridgewood (N.J.) Orthopedic Group, said that the better course is to do a 4-to-6 week layoff. The good news is that Wright won't need surgery unless the pain doesn't subside. Usually, rest and physical therapy is enough.

Interestingly enough, Criscitiello wonders if Wright has had this stress fracture for years.

“Chances are, this player as an adult may have had this injury years ago as a kid and never really realized it,” Criscitiello said.

The majority of stress fractures in the area Wright suffered it occur as children, and if it was broken as an adult, they would be in severe pain. Usually, such people are unaware of their injury until it is triggered later in the person's life.

Wright is hitting .226/.337/.404 through 39 games for the Mets. New York is expected to shift second baseman Justin Turner to third base, with Ruben Tejada receiving a promotion to the second-base job in the city until Wright can return.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:33 pm

Wright has stress fracture in back

By Matt Snyder

The hits just keep on coming for the Mets. With Ike Davis, Angel Pagan, Chris Young and Johan Santana currently on the disabled list -- not to mention the injury to Jason Bay had to begin the season or the issues Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran have battled -- there are few teams that seem more snake-bitten with injuries to marquee players.

Add David Wright to the above list.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters Monday afternoon that Wright has a stress fracture in his lower back. The Mets are currently seeking a second opinion before placing Wright on the disabled list, but if the diagnosis holds, he'll rest for 10 days before resuming baseball activities and working his way back to the diamond. "We're not talking about something long term," Alderson told reporters. (ESPN New York via Twitter)

Wright reportedly suffered it when he dove to tag Carlos Lee out at third base last week and has been trying to work through the pain since.

Wright was said to be surprised by the diagnosis, though it's not a really good bet he knows much about injuries. He's only been on the DL once in his entire career. His games played per season since 2005 read: 160, 154, 160, 160, 144, 157. He's hitting .226 with six home runs, 18 RBI, 23 runs and a .741 OPS in 39 games this season.

With Wright absent from the lineup, Jose Reyes is the Mets' only opening day starter still starting in the infield. With Willie Harris at third, Justin Turner at second and Daniel Murphy at first, it's definitely a patch-work bunch.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:57 pm

Frenchy's got "poor David" Wright's (ailing) back

By Matt Snyder

Mets third baseman David Wright has been struggling of late for the Mets, as his average and OPS have dropped to .234 and .739, respectively. He's been dealing with a sore back since a collision with the Astros' Carlos Lee back on April 19. It's even gotten to the point that Wright was going to be given a rare day off Wednesday, until the game was postponed.

Meanwhile, former teammate Jeff Francoeur would like the Mets to give Wright a hand by making a stadium renovation.

“Poor David hits the ball to right-center so well and there it’s an out,” Francoeur said Tuesday. “To me, you start trying to pull the ball and getting into habits. And I know it’s frustrating for David playing in that park.”

Frenchy continued ...

“They’ve gotta shorten the park up,” Francoeur said. “It’s huge. I’m not saying make it a bandbox like Philadelphia, but they have to do something.” (New York Post)

So is he right?

Well, not about everything.

Wright's power numbers in 2010 were similar to what they were in 2005-2008, it's just that he took far less walks and struck out at a much higher rate than in those previous years. And in 2009, when Wright was somehow transformed into a slap-hitter before our very eyes, Citi Field actually was home to more home runs than Citizen's Bank Park.

Overall, though, Francoeur could have a point precisely because of what I mentioned. Wright had a season void of power in 2009, so it's possible he made adjustments to his approach consciously trying to hit for more power and those are what caused his strikeout rate to rise while his walk rate went down.

And then there's this. Wright's OPS in Shea Stadium was .958. His current OPS in Citi Field is .854 -- a mark bogged down by 2009, but he still only OPS'd .880 at home last season.

Now, as far as the Mets altering Citi Field. I don't think it's an awful idea, but it shouldn't be done just to help one player. This is a ballpark the Mets will call home for a long time and making adjustments just to give David Wright a bit extra power for the next handful of years would be pretty short-sighted. If you have a ballpark with unusual dimensions, how about tailoring a team to play in the yard.

Maybe keep a certain speedy triples hitter who loves those spacious gaps, instead of trading him?

Nah, that would make too much sense. It's the Mets. They like doing things the hard way, so I guess we should expect the fences to be moved in sometime soon -- assuming ownership has enough money.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 11:17 am

Pepper: Mets winning on and off the field


By Evan Brunell

AMAZING CALLS: The Mets have instituted a new program this season where Mets players will phone citzens for various reasons, including sad ones.

Such a call led to the arrival of John Falcone and family to Citi Field, mere months after John's son, also named John, was shot to death after saving a 3-year-old from the assailant in Poughskeepie, N.Y. The Falcones came to Citi Field Saturday to watch the Mets eventually defeat the Diamondbacks after David Wright told the family the club would do their best to win for them.

"More than anything, you just hope that for at least one afternoon, they can get their minds away from the tragedy," Wright said.

The Falcone family spoke to multiple Mets players and were allowed on the field prior to the game. They were given seats three rows behind first base and came away with signed baseballs. Needless to say, John and wife Margaret were "overwhelmed" by what the Mets had done for them.

"You have this deep emotional connection between fans and the team, and if you can bring some joy and momentary happiness, of course you want to do it whenever you can," Mets vice president Dave Howard said.

Credit the Mets -- and David Wright, the son of a police officer -- taking a great idea and helping to make a difference. (New York Post)

BASEBALL TODAY: Will Jason Bay's return catapult his team back into contention? Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about the Mets and the rest of the NL East.

CONSISTENCY: Being in the starting lineup every day and not having to worry about a demotion has worked wonders for new Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin, whose biggest question in his bat is coming around. (North County Times)

HOUSEKEEPING MEANS MASSAGING: To Lenny Dykstra, if you're hired to clean his house, you also need to give him a massage while the former major-league star is buck naked. That's what happened to a potential employee when she interviewed for the housekeeping position. Police are now investigating charges of lewd conduct. (TMZ)

DIETING: Athletics relief pitcher Brad Ziegler could be primed for a big year. The submarining reliever is receiving treatment for childhood asthma, which he believed he no longer suffered from, as well as starting a new diet as his body does not handle milk, eggs or gluten well. Ziegler can already notice a significant difference. (San Francisco Chronicle)

KEEP YOUR PANTS ON: Hanley Ramirez is running out of ways to snap out of the slump that's plagued him in the early going and is turning to superstition to help. He tried wearing high socks, then abandoned them, but no luck. What's next? "Maybe no pants," Ramirez suggested. Something tells me he won't go to that extreme. (Miami Herald)

REHAB TIME: Domonic Brown will begin a rehab assignment later this week in his return from a fractured hamate bone. While Ben Francisco has been equipping himself fine as the starting right fielder, you can bet the Phillies can't wait to see what Brown can do. (Philly.com)

HOLD IT: Can you imagine umpiring a 33-inning game? Take it from someone who's umpired Little League games -- even umpiring those games is no picnic, so imagine how tough Denny Cregg had it as home-plate umpire. But then ratchet it up a notch, as Cregg reveals on the 30-year anniversary of the game, and factor in not going to the bathroom even once during the whole affair. (MLB.com)

INSPIRATIONAL: Or something like it. Take a listen to Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard, who delivered an "inspirational" speech during a minor-league baseball game last season replete with monkeys riding dogs. You read that right. (Youtube)

BASEBALL FAMILY: Bernie Stowe has been part of the Reds' clubhouse for 65 years, and it's grown into a family affair as his two sons pilot the home and visitor's clubhouse. A nice profile on people with deep connections to baseball that you never hear about. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:20 am

Pepper: Super Sam

Sam Fuld
By C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the best parts of any new season is seeing players reach their potential -- or in Sam Fuld's case, exceed it.

With a 4-for-4 performance in Monday's win over the White Sox, Fuld is now the American League batting leader, hitting .396. And he made another fantastic catch, as you can see above.

Fuld was acquired in the deal that sent Matt Garza to the Cubs this offseason and learned a little bit about playing at Tropicana Field with his diving catch in the third inning on Tuesday.

"It felt like someone took a blow torch to [his left hand], and then I look at it and then there's nothing to show for it, no blood," Fuld told reporters, including the Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. "Now I know what turf burn is like."

Replays showed starter David Price screaming and clapping his hands after the play, which helped him win his first-ever victory over the White Sox.

The Rays are giving out a Sam Fuld cape later in the season, but it doesn't appear he needs one.

BASEBALL TODAY -- Lauren Shehadi and I talk about the Rockies pitching Cardinals offense.

FASTEST GUN IN THE MIDWEST -- There's little debate now, the gun at Great American Ball Park is juiced.

On Sunday, it had Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan throwing 102, while Pitch F/X had him hitting 98. On Monday, the scoreboard showed Aroldis Chapman hitting 106, when Pitch F/X showed his third pitch to Andrew McCutchen as "just" 102.4.

Last year I had scouts tell me the gun was pretty accurate, but apparently the excitement around Chapman got the Reds greedy, amping up the radar gun. If he does hit 105 mph again, will it say 110 on the scoreboard? Maybe the gun will make Bronson Arroyo feel better about his heater. [MLB.com]

GOOD SEATS -- Nate Schierholtz's brother was sitting 10 feet from where his mammoth shot landed in the third deck at Coors Field, and paid the guy who caught it $25 bucks to get the ball. [San Jose Mercury News]

STREET WATCH -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy is keeping a close eye on closer Huston Street, who hasn't pitched more than two days in a row this year, but has pitched in 10 of the team's first 15 games. [MLB.com]

AXFORD STRUGGLES -- Brewers closer John Axford had another bad outing on Monday, blowing a 3-2 lead in the ninth of an eventual 12-inning Milwaukee victory. The issues has been control, but manager Ron Roenicke said he's not concerned or thinking about any kind of change. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

AND I WANT TO BE COMMISSIONER -- Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said he still wants to play first base. Manager Ned Yost's response? " You know what, I'd like to be an astronaut -- and for some reason they just won't let me." With Kila Ka'aihue is manning the spot until Eric Hosmer comes in to take it for good. [Kansas City Star]

BRING AN UMBRELLA -- Weather has been bad all around baseball early this season, although attendance hasn't been hurt too much. [Associated Press]

GOOD JOBA -- Joba Chamberlain's velocity is down, but his results are up. His slider has become a good pitch, helping his results. [New York Daily News]

NICE SHOT -- Ryan Raburn's pop foul in the first inning on Monday was the first-ever ball to hit the roof at Safeco Field. [MLB.com]

PLENTY OF GOOD SEATS AVAILABLE -- The Mets' bad start is good if you're looking for bargain shopping on the highest-priced seats at Citi Field. [New York Times]

RIOS AILING -- Alex Rios will be getting a break in the White Sox's series with the Rays to try to help his sore left toe fully heal. Rios said the toe has been hurting him for the last five years, so it's doubtful a simple day off will cure him. [Chicago Tribune]

AARDSMA TAKING THE HILL -- Mariners closer David Aardsma is expected to pitching tonight in Triple-A, his firs tame action since his hip labrum surgery in January. The Mariners will likely wait for him to throw three or four games in the minors before taking him off the disabled list. [MLB.com]

MORE SURGERY FOR ZUMAYA? -- The Tigers put Joel Zumaya on the 60-day disabled list and another surgery is possible on his right elbow. [Detroit Free Press]

NICE CATCH -- David Wright played catch with some young fans at Turner Field the other day. Pretty cool stuff. [Big League Stew]

NEW DUCKS UNIFORM -- The Oregon Ducks have added an orange jersey? Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie models the newest Oregon uniform combo. [WhoSay.com/JeremyGuthrie]

VIN SCULLY ON 42 -- Dodger Gene Hermanski had the idea of everyone wearing No. 42 way back in 1948, Vin Scully said. [Sons of Steve Garvey]

TROP VETERAN -- White Sox rookie Chris Sale recalled going to the first-ever Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays game in 1998 when he was 9. [Chicago Tribune]

NOTHING BREWING IN MINORS -- According to the latest Baseball America, the Brewers have the worst minor-league system in baseball. After trading away Brett Lawrie, Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi this offseason, their top-ranked prospect is right-hander Mark Rogers -- the team's first-round pick in 2004. On Monday, Rogers lost to former Brewer starter Jeff Suppan in a Triple-A game. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

MINOR LEAGUER HIT IN HEAD -- Eric Hurley, a right-hander with the Rangers' Triple-A team, was hit in the right side of the head in a game against New Orleans on Monday. Hurley, 25, didn't lose consciousness and was taken to a nearby hospital. He left the field over his own power. [ESPNDallas.com]

THROWBACK THURSDAY -- Not only will the Dodgers be breaking out their new throwback uniforms against the Braves on Thursday, Atlanta will throw in throwback duds. No word yet on which Braves throwbacks we'll see. The Dodgers are wearing 1940s-era blue satin-like unis. To announce the promotion the Dodgers sent out a press release on Brooklyn Dodgers letterhead (or maybe the ownership ran out of their regular letterhead and had to find some at the back of the closet instead of ordering new stock.) [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

TODAY IN GLUTTONY -- The Akron Aeros have introduced a helmet sundae. No, not a mini-helmet sundae, a full-sized helmet sundae. [Akron Aeros]

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 1:00 pm

Mets plan to be aggressive on bases

By Evan Brunell

PaganCiti Field is a pitcher's park. Everyone knows that, but that doesn't bother manager Terry Collins nor the players, who want to take advantage of the park's dimensions -- including the 414-foot gap in right-centerfield.

With the park the way it is, the Mets have to put a greater emphasis on speed and defense as opposed to, say, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. That's OK with Collins, who plans to have the team run much more aggressively than seasons past as Newsday reports.

"It's like that NBA coach wanting a shot every eight (it's really seven) seconds," Collins said, referring to the Knicks' Mike D'Antoni. "The more shots you take, the more opportunities you have to score."

There will certainly be mistakes made, such as when David Wright, on first, tried to make it to third on a single with no out in a game with the Marlins. He was thrown out, violating a cardinal rule -- but Collins had no qualms with it, given how perfect the circumstances had to be to get Wright out. In the same vein, Angel Pagan busted his chops to get to third from first on a single against the Phillies and later scored on a passed ball. Pagan, for one, could directly benefit from a more aggressive approach after stealing 37 bases last season. It's entirely feasible he could crack 50.

"There's going to be some times where probably we get thrown out at third with nobody out," Wright said. "But if you're going to make a mistake, I'd rather see it done on the aggressive side. I think that we have to continually kind of remind ourselves that's how we're going to play and that's what's going to make us successful."

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