White Sox Hot Corner Woes: Is It Time to Go After David Wright?
It is well known that the weakness position in the White Sox lineup is that which is occupied by Orlando Hudson and Brent Morel. The hot corner has not been nice to the South Siders this season as Morel, has hit only .177 with no HR and five RBI in 35 games before going to the DL. Since they did not have an established third baseman in the system, they went to the waiver wire and picked up Orlando Hudson. Despite the great plays he has made at the hot corner thus far, he's struggled with the bat hitting .159 with four RBI and a .525 OPS.
Now there is no question that the White Sox have been hot in nearly every other aspect of the game this year with Paul Konerko's MVP campaign, Adam Dunn returning to form, Dayan Viciedo becoming a breakout star and Alejandro De Aza becoming perhaps the fiercest leadoff man in the game. Yet without another solid hitter at the corner, the Sox have to rely on more than just Konerko, Dunn, Alex Rios and AJ Pierzynski to drive in a majority of the runs.
That is where David Wright comes in.
We all know how successful Wright has been in the past and this season is no different. He's hitting .359 with seven HR, 33 RBI and has a stellar .461 OBP. Put that in the White Sox lineup and they can be crowned the early AL Central Champions. The biggest problem with Wright is the amount of money they are willing to give him.
Jake Peavy has a team option for 2013 along with Gavin Floyd, while other players like Pierzynski and Will Ohman are two of the biggest price tags who are set to hit the market following this season. The salaries of the four of them combine to $32.5 million for this season, which is quite a bit of money that could be designated for Wright, especially if they send a high-priced pitcher to the Mets like John Danks.
Would you give up Danks/Santiago for Wright?
The best way to get David Wright is to send over the young and cheap Brent Morel, John Danks and perhaps a young lefty reliever in Hector Santiago. The starters for the Mets now include Johan Santana, Dillon Gee, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese and no real No. 5 option due to Mike Pelfrey's injury. The Mets' team salary currently stands at $93,353,983—about $3 million less than the White Sox—which means they still might be able to take on Danks' five-year, $65 million contract.
Santiago is a young lefty who has the potential to be a starter, which may work well for the Mets now that Johan Santana is moving towards the end of his career. Believe me, this sounds crazy and completely far-fetched, but the White Sox have all the tools that could satisfy the Mets and help their pitching issues.
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