Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, tackles some interesting questions in his regular weekly mailbag feature including this question regarding David Wright’s trade value.
What type of package can you get for Wright if he is 100 percent healthy and playing at his All-Star level? — Adrian G., Bordentown, N.J.
History would indicate a player of Wright’s caliber could fetch two or three top prospects — think Wheeler, Harvey types — in a deadline deal. But teams have also shown an increased reluctance to part ways with such prospects in rental-type deals, a trend that should only continue given the new Collective Bargaining Agreement rules limiting compensation for departed free agents. In other words, the market for Wright could be drier than what we have come to expect for Trade Deadline stars.
In any event, the Mets have shown no indication that they would be willing to shop Wright this July, nor do they have much incentive to do so. And for what it’s worth, Wright has made it clear that he would like to remain a Met.
What DiComo is referring to is the new rule that no team is eligible for draft pick compensation on a player who opts for free agency unless the player was with that team for an entire season.
The rule devalues rental players because now you cannot recoup any compensation picks in the following year’s draft if the rental player walks at the end of the season.
Personally, I don’t think Wright is going anywhere, but that’s what I said about Jose Reyes.
Checkout DiComo’s full article for more on Wright and other Mets questions.