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Is it time to trade David Wright?

Last week on SNY and WFAN, former Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca said, if the Mets are still rebuilding, they should trade David Wright.

Wright is 100 percent committed to the Mets, he told media when he signed his current eight-year, $138 million contract.

“I knew that things were not going to be easy,’’ Wright told columnist Kevin Kernan (NY Post, June 9). “If I wanted the easy way out, I would have signed somewhere else. The challenge of it, the loyalty to the organization, the direction I think we’re going, yes, we’ve gone through some rough stretches these last couple of years and the last few days have not been easy, but this is the process. I love Paul (Lo Duca). He was one of my favorite teammates, but that is a reflection of his thoughts. That’s not what I’m thinking.’’

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Look, Sandy Alderson didn’t give Wright a $100 million contract so he could trade him. If he didn’t want him, or thought he had value in trade, he’d have done it by now…

That said, if I were GM today, the only way I would trade Wright is if I truly believed — in my heart of hearts, despite what I say in public — that this team was set back and still five years away from contending for a World Series title. In this scenario, I would trade David for the best hitting prospects possible, 1) because it’s the best way to maximize the asset, and 2) because it would be fair to Wright, who is a gifted baseball player, a great guy, and someone who has given his all for this franchise and deserves better than to be Captain of a construction site.

That said, if Alderson believes the Mets can be the next few seasons, either because of his pitching prospects maturing and/or some mystery bag of tricks we’re unaware of, Wright must remain where he is. He’ll be vital to this team’s future success. Wright knows the market. He knows the fans. He knows the media. He understands our expectations and how to handle the pressure. He’s polite, generous, political and self aware. And, oh, by the way, when healthy, he’s the most productive third baseman in the league. To say he’d be needed is an understatement.




301 comments
shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Lo Duca is an idiot. The time to trade Wright was years ago. Who would want that bloated contract now?

Jack Kratzer
Jack Kratzer

I say give him a chance to join a contender! What do you think Mark Rosenman? Mr Chris Metzler?

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

He's healthy this year and he's not the most productive third baseman in the league

Daniel Thomas
Daniel Thomas

the concept of trading wright is only worthy of being explored for a small-mid sized market team operating on a low budget. he's our ONLY all-star, save for Harvey, who's accrued just a tad over one year of MLB experience and who we're paying nothing. i'm neither advocating nor expecting the mets to match the dodgers, for instance, but come on, they have 5-7 household names, all of whom are making close to wright's annual salary. the mets should be in no position whatsoever to consider trading its only star player. the only thing the mets should be thinking is how to add more household studs to its roster to complement wright. to trade wright would be the clearest indication that our owners need to sell the team and immediately. otherwise, move it out of new york if you want to operate like you can't do any better. with the way money and long-term investments work, i simply cannot understand how the mets cannot afford to pump an additional $40m into the roster, effective immediately, which would put the team in contention and drive ticket sales and very quickly make up in revenue said investment. i have a pretty good understanding of finance and the structuring of long-term investments and unless my understanding is fundamentally flawed, it simply does not add up. 

can someone address this concern and tell me how i'm wrong? 

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

One last thing: Look at the quality of players on the cover with David. How many were homegrown talents...1 other than David. The Mets spent wisely on quality players who produced. Compare the players on the cover to their present day counterparts. It's sad, and ridiculous.

I consider myself a Wright fan but If I could get a top AAA hitting athletic outfielder I'd do it. He's a great guy but it sure seems like the pressure to be THE guy has gotten to him. I think he can be a very good player for another team but he's not looking like it this year. If they could get younger and more athletic in LF I'd pull the trigger. THey could put Murphy or Flores over at 3rd and not miss too much. 

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

If you want to lose this member of your fanbase who's been a fan my entire life, go for it.

happy hank
happy hank

the rebuild posses is over it's time to win and trading Wright now would be illogical. Wheeler, Donuts, Montero, DeGrom, Flores and others in the pen are all here or will be at the end of the year. we are not waiting for anyone all the top prospects are here or are ready and will be here soon. trading Wright now is absurd. yes 5 years ago trading Wright would have made sense but not now. the Mets window is opening and will be open for sometime. all the pitchers are young, cheap and good. it's time to add major league talent not subtract for youth. 

Miguel Camargo
Miguel Camargo

I said before signing for a big contract it will be just like A-Rod with the Yankee too much money and nothing of produce

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

I know that the Dodger Stadium in Queens where he plays doesn't help...but Wright certainly is a different player without Beltran, Floyd, DelGado, Reyes, LoDuca, Alou & Valentin around him.

Wilson Urena
Wilson Urena

Guy strikes out a ton but if we are losing 10-2 then he will hit HR

Wilson Urena
Wilson Urena

Trade him the guy is a good player but definitely not a superstar, we as met fans overvalue our players

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Get rid of Wright.....he'd be hitting 7th on a good club

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

David Wright is not Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Trout, Bonds. He never has and never will carry a team on his back.  That means this- you either surround him with Delgado's, Beltran's, Alou's and Reyes's,  or you trade him.   It really is as simple as that.  


Pete Sinapi
Pete Sinapi

The time to have traded Wright was long ago. His drowning numbers coupled with his contract, would not bring in a significant enough return. I wouldn't trade him, I would go all out for 2 bats (lead off and cleanup). Then, and only then, can we decide what Wright is or is going to be.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Wright has been a solid citizen since Day One. I think the problem is that he's wearing-down. Plus, no protection in the lineup. The guy has always been streaky but what's troubling has been the depth of his recent slumps. Plus the fact that every throw has become an adventure.

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

Some of this hatred I'm seeing towards wright is something I'll never understand. He could have left us and gone after more money like Cano did to the Yankees (and go to a better team!) He's not gonna blast 40 home runs he's a line drive hitter so if he doesn't knock it out of the park with guys on that's not what he's supposed to do. Is his batting average a little bit below normal for him? Yeah, it would be a problem if we were in first and he was the only one not producing but look at our lineup, 5-9 in the order every time through is an automatic out. Wright is the last person that should be criticized right now

Dan D'Addio
Dan D'Addio

I cannot believe that Paul Lo Duca brought out this media travesty. Wright stays. He's part of the solution!

greekgod
greekgod

Mike Francesa said today that the Mets are a bad team in a weak division which makes it worse and Sandy has not done a good job this year. Duh? 

He also said d'Arnaud can't hit; CY has not been rejuvenated; they have no catcher; Duda is not an RBI guy; and Murphy is not a good baseball guy although he can hit. Those were his remarks. > have to agree on all cases. 

Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

To trade David would be the biggest mistake the Mets could make. Now if the were to be offered 3 or 4 top prospects who are close to being ready , and are highly regarded buy other teams I Would have to consider it strongly.  

Steven Festa
Steven Festa

His value is too low right now. Any idiot would know that

tw22
tw22

There is a lot of offensive talent in the system right now. Along with the pitching, it would be a gigantic mistak to trade Wright, who has seen the good and bad while playing for this organization. He is invaluable to us.

bbr7
bbr7

i'm in favor of trading wright if we can package him with a couple prospects for a legit superstar. however, that won't happen. trading is really not going to do too much because the team doesn't want to take on more payroll. and essentially trading is giving up something for something relatively of the same value. Only way to help this team was in the offseason. And now the only way to improve the team is to add free agents next offseason and add payroll, which we know will not happen. and if it does happen, we can always count on sandy to screw it up

Les Betz
Les Betz

@Daniel Thomas agree with everything you said .if the mets are trading him to relieve payroll then thats just sad ,if i were the mets i would sit wright down say look its gonna be another x amout of years till we get this ship going would you like to be traded to a contender so you can have a shot at a ring or do you wanna stay .id also say that if you wanna go we will say we did it for prospects and take the heat for this it will not be on you you have been very loyal thats the least we could do for you .


zpson72
zpson72

@FTatis23 @metsblog I know, he just signed an extension. Mets are just pathetic and their blogs are trying to stay relevant

@greekgod - They're a bad HITTING team that's not well managed. THey don''t play great fundamental baseball but they pitch pretty well. I'm down on them now but they're REALLY a few bats away from being a team that can push for a wild card. d'Arnaud is going to be better than what he showed, Lagares, Murphy and Wright are solid. THey need to upgrade the production in at LEAST 2 of the remaining 5 spots to be good in my opinion. If they were getting REAL production from LF they'd be a MUCH better team. Chris Young in LF is killing them. If you look at the OPS they're getting from every position Chris young and Eric Young have combined to be almost dead last in the league. I'm not a big believer in Duda but he's held his own compared to the rest of the league as far as OPS goes.  

xplr
xplr

@Darrell Smith Probably but not the reason you think. I would trade Wright for some top notch AAA prospects. This will never happen. I doubt there are more than 3-4 teams that would even consider taking on his contract for nothing. You are dreaming if you think we are going to get significant value back for a team to take on $100MM+ for what is now a glorified 30+ year old singles hitter. 


Now, the reason this would be tragic is that its obvious the mEts have no intention of reinvesting this money into the payroll.

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

@tw22  That is one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. Please, name one Mets prospect who is tearing up the minors, and us fans just CAN'T WAIT until he arrives in Queens....just one....

bbr7
bbr7

@tw22 there's a lot of offensive talent in the system right now? i actually had to read that twice to make sure it wasn't sarcasm bc of how dumb that is lmfao

grillruben
grillruben

@tw22 

How many hitters do you have to see perform in the minors and do jack at the MLB level before you realize that nothing matters until the player is actually putting up good numbers at the MLB level? You can't keep banking on minor leaguers. 

tw22
tw22

@cyrus That's a terriblew idea. Let's trade our best player iand some prospects for one guy. Awesome, cause that solves the problem.

matthewcerrone
matthewcerrone

@zpson72 @FTatis23 of I'm just writing in response to something Paul Lo Duca said and Wright responded to... but, whatever works for you.

Mikey Jocks
Mikey Jocks

Don't u see the future HoF talent in Kirk? Or TDA? Lmfao

bbr7
bbr7

@tw22 @cyrus ok. maybe its a terrible idea.but he deserves to play for a contender. and honestly who cares? no one can solve the problem, not ownership, sandy, me, you or any other fan. if you are in the bottom of the league in spending on players, your chances of success are small. so like i said, who cares? let wright play on a contender

openmind6
openmind6

@zpson72

Don't back out of your comment just because Matt called you out.