Rockies To Aggressively Pursue David Wright
According to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, The Colorado Rockies will be aggressive in their pursuit of third baseman David Wright this offseason.
They understand that Wright is coming off a poor season and dealt with a back injury, but they believe Wright would return to form and get a huge offensive boost switching from Citi Field to Coors. They are also well aware that his team option for 2013 will expire if he is traded so essentially he would be a one-year rental.
The Rockies are craving for a right-handed slugger to protect their prized shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and they have decided that they want that slugger to be a third baseman to replace the injured Ian Stewart. The Rockies were one of the worst teams in major league baseball in production from third base.
The average National League third baseman hit .257, with a .317 on-base percentage and a .387 slugging percentage. The Rockies finished .222/.281/ .348. That they couldn’t even reach mediocrity while playing half their games at Coors Field is even more alarming.
“How different would things have been with better production?” manager Jim Tracy said repeatedly over the summer.
This isn’t really new, as we reported on this last August after Wright was claimed on waivers by the Rockies, but it does show how serious the team is in aquiring the Mets third baseman.
Of course logic dictates that the Mets will make no such trade until the Jose Reyes situation is resolved.
Also, Wright has already hinted a couple of times this season about wanting to sign a long term extension that will keep him a Met for the remainder of his career. If you thought that the Reyes situation this season was overwhelming, just wait until next season when the questions will be “will they trade Wright before the deadline?” or “will they sign him to an extension?”.
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