WSJ: Maybe It’s Time to Trade Wright
Tim Marchman of the Wall Street Journal concludes that time has come to trade Wright:
There are really only two reasons not to trade Wright. One is that it would damage the team’s hopes of contending during what’s left of his prime, but they don’t have any. The other is that it would outrage fans and leave Citi Field quieter than a toaster, but as the Journal has reported, it already is. The only way to win back the public will be to win, and even if the Wilpon family announces tomorrow that the team has been sold to a mad Russian oil tycoon, that’s going to take a couple of years, by which time Wright likely won’t be what he was.
All of this is cold, but so is baseball: Mathewson, Ruth and Seaver all moved on from New York, and sooner or later, so will Wright. If the Mets trade him now, it won’t undo any of what he’s already done, which is enough to establish him as the sort of player who ought to have a statue made of him when he finally ends his career, and it certainly won’t harm him a bit. The man turns 30 in December, and unless he turns out to be a Jeter-like freak, he probably has only two or three years of real stardom left in him.
It might be nice to see him spend them in a place where fans turn up to the ballgames, and cheer when they do.
Posts, articles, radio and TV chatter are all saying it. Seems like it’s all the rage. Alderson could put an end to all of this with a phone call and the announcement of a new extension.
But will he?
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