If The Mets Want To Make A Big Splash… Go Get Santana, Not A-Rod

An article by posted on October 30, 2007

It seems like the Mets are considering making a big run at free agent third baseman, Alex Rodriguez.

Bob Klapisch of the Record reports that the Mets plan to ask David Wright about switching positions. Wright had volunteered early this year to do just that, if it would mean landing Alex Rodriguez, and now the Mets are going to find out if he still feels the same way.

Here is what David Wright said last March:

"If Omar or someone from the front office approaches me and says, ‘Hey, we’re looking, Alex has an interest in coming to Queens,’ I’d be the first one to offer to play anywhere they want me to because like I said, a guy like that just makes a team completely better from the get-go."

When asked if he had been contacted yet regarding the Mets interest in A-Rod, he texted back the following:

"Nobody has talked to me about any free agents," Wright wrote in a text message. "I would want to speak with Jeff and Omar first."

When one Mets official was asked if the Mets were in a position to pay a guy like A-Rod, he had this to say:

"We can afford him," one Met insider said confidently. "It’s going to be a baseball question more than a money question. Do we want him? Is he a good fit for one team? That’s what we have to talk about."

Besides this report from Bob, there are several other stories circulating among other Mets beat writers who all believe that the Mets’ interest in A-Rod is more than speculation and curiosity.

Most of you already know how I feel about A-Rod coming to the Mets.

I still believe it would be too big of a distraction and a detriment to the team. I understand that the Mets feel a need to make a big splash this off season, but signing A-Rod is not the way to do it. If you really want to make a big splash and at the same time actually do something that improves the team, then go figure out a way to get Johan Santana or Dan Haren.

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