Should Mets Trade David Wright?
He is not only talented, but he’s too nice to be the eye of the Queens Hurricane. He’s a legitimate bat with stellar defense and a contract that pays him well, but also gives any team with interest three years of control. He has guarantees in 2011 ($14 million) and 2012 ($15 million) and the club has a $16 million option on 2013. Mets need a major shakeup of the roster and Wright is one of those veterans who could bring back multiple bodies, like the Matt Holliday deal for Colorado that brought the Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, closer Huston Street and left-hander Greg Smith in return while paring more than $10 million off the payroll.
First of all, I don’t believe the Mets are in need of a major shakeup, and if they did need one I hardly see any reason to include Wright as a part of any rebuilding process.
Wright is the type of player you trade for, not the one you trade away. The notion of moving Wright who would then most likely find himself being scooped up by the Yankees by the time his free agency rolls around is tough to swallow. I could see if Wright was 32 or 33 and was entering his decline, but why entertain that thought when he is just 27 and entering his peak years?
You’ve heard the old saying that sometimes the sum of the parts is greater than the whole… well that may work with planes and automobiles, but not in baseball. Trading Wright for 2-3 lesser players would be the worst thing the Mets could do. That is not a plan for success, but one that is doomed to fail.
Rich Coutinho of ESPN 1050 radio points out in this tweet that David Wright currently has more RBI than players like Albert Pujols, Mark Tex, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Braun, Ryan Zimmerman- an is tied with Ryan Howard.
Wright currently has a career batting average of .306 with a .906 OPS that ranks first among all National League third basemen over the last five years. In that span Wright has finished in the top ten of MVP voting three times, won two Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, and was selected to the All Star team four times, three as a starter.
In his five full seasons played as a Met, he has finished in the top ten in RBI’s four times and is currently ranked 8th in the majors with 32 so far this season and is on pace for 125.
Wright will go down as the single best position player in franchise history and already holds over a dozen Mets team records.
I think not…
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
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