MLB: Possible Alex Rodriguez Trade Puts Pressure on Mets to Sign David Wright
Whether people like it or not, he has been the story of the MLB Postseason, which has taken away from the players that are actually playing baseball.
From being benched numerous times to being distracted by getting the phone number of an Australian bikini model, Rodriguez has done nothing in the playoffs to help the Yankees win another World Series title.
A story broke by Keith Olbermann, coupled in with a Game 4 postponement, has allowed the A-Rod stories to grow with furious momentum.
Sure everyone is saying the right thing now. Yankees general manger Brian Cashman denies talks of any deal involving Rodriguez and Alex is content with "putting the team first." Both sides will surely change their tunes once this season is over.
Harvey Araton, of the New York Times, puts it best in saying that it is open season on Rodriguez and that is true in every sense of the matter.
Everyone is lining up to get their parting shots ready for this proverbial punching bag and teams should be ready to make their best offer to the Yankees if they want the overpriced, fading superstar third baseman.
So what does all this mean for the New York Mets and David Wright? Well, quite frankly, it could mean everything.
If the New York Yankees manage to trade Alex Rodriguez this offseason, add the Yankees to the list of potential suitors for Wright's services if the Mets do not reach a long term contract with him.
Yes, this is jumping the gun, and there are a lot of issues that still have to be worked out before any of this is possible, but it is in the realm of possibility.
If Wright jumps from Queens to the Bronx, the Mets would not only have to find a new face to the franchise, they would have to repair an ego that may suffer irreversible damage.
The Mets are already the little brother to the Yankees in New York as they lose out on premium free agents, back page newspaper headlines and overall team success.
If Mets fans have to watch their hero play for the Bombers, it may just break their spirit.
The Mets have made it clear that Wright is priority number one this offseason. Wright wants to stay but he also wants to win. Mets general manger Sandy Alderson not only has to give Wright a fair deal, but also has to sell him on the business plan for the future.
An option will keep Wright in Queens for at least 2013, but if a new deal is not completed, how long into 2013 will it be before a team with a likely glaring hole at third, with money and other resources to win comes calling?
At least that phone call will not be long distance.
Wright and the Mets appear to be on the road to a deal. Hopefully this becomes moot.
But, until a signature appears on the bottom line, anything could happen. And with the Yankees, that "could" disappears because they have the ability to make everything happen.
Winter is coming. Let us hope the Mets do not get left out in the cold.
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