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The Mets could go year-by-year with Johnson as he goes through arbitration.
The Arizona Diamondbacks could make the New York Mets a tempting offer for David Wright, writes Mark Simon of ESPNNewYork.com. In addition to a reputable center fielder and top pitching prospect, New York might get a viable Wright replacement—Chris Johnson.
Simon's column is based on more than just speculation.
Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall discussed his team's offseason plans on MLB.com. "We are still looking to strengthen the left side of our infield," he admitted. "Managing the abundance" of outfielders on the roster was another one of his concerns.
Johnson wouldn't be the centerpiece of Arizona's package, but he has potential as a player who batted a robust .308 in 2010. He's approaching arbitration, which means the Mets wouldn't have to make a multi-year guarantee. Instead they could non-tender him a contract if it's evident that he's not everyday material.
Though Wright's departure would leave a dent, competent replacements abound.