Who Is More Important to the New York Mets' Future—R.A. Dickey or David Wright?

Alex Ott@the_otter15Contributor ISeptember 24, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets throws to first base against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 21, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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It is tough to believe this could even be a question, but it is.

So who is more important to the New York Mets' Future—R.A. Dickey or David Wright?

David Wright is a 29 year-old third baseman who has been the proclaimed "golden boy" since he first appeared in the big leagues in 2004. He is hitting over .300 and will likely finish the year with over 20 home runs and 100 runs batted in.

Any day now, he will become New York's all-time hits leader—hardly a big deal considering he owns almost every offensive record in franchise history already.

R.A. Dickey is a 37 year-old knuckle baller who entered 2012 as a 41-50 career pitcher. Since the day he failed his post-draft physical, his baseball life has been a struggle. He will be the first to admit the knuckler was a last-ditch effort to save his career, not a pitch he's thrown his entire life. Every day, there is speculation that his magic will run out.

And yet somehow, it's Dickey, not Wright, who is having the biggest season for the Mets.

The bearded Star Wars lover is having the season of his career, currently boasting a 19-6 record with a 2.66 earned run average and 209 strikeouts. If he does not win the Cy Young, it will solely be because of how poorly his team performed compared to the magical run Gio Gonzalez's Nationals are having.

But while one is expected to be great and the other came out of nowhere, which is more important to the future of the Mets?

The answer, while sad for Mets fans, is probably neither. 

Dickey is a month away from turning 38 years old. He has a team option for 2013, but will be 39 after next season, which is a time in any player's career where they only sign one or two year contracts.

No success is guaranteed (or much expected), plus Dickey's track record before this season is rather unimpressive. 

Wright also will celebrate his birthday during the off-season, turning 30 in December. Like Dickey, he has a team option for 2013. After that, his status with New York is uncertain. 

While he is having an impressive year, he is nowhere near his prime years he had playing in Shea Stadium, where he was closer to a 30 home run, 130 runs batted in threat, as opposed to 20 and 100. 

He still has the potential to be a premier third baseman in baseball, but he's played through some difficult years and will likely want a change of scenery when his current contract expires. That way,he could play in a more hitter-friendly ballpark and play meaningful September and October baseball.

So while the Mets would have almost been a 100 loss team without either player in 2012, time is running out for both in New York. Both will be important factors in 2013, but soon the Mets will need to look for a new hero.