New York Mets: Two Reasons Why the Team May Trade R.A. Dickey and David Wright

Mitch PetanickCorrespondent INovember 21, 2012

September 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) hits a single during the fifth inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

New York Mets fans have to start wondering what is going on with the contracts of R.A. Dickey and David Wright.

This was supposed to be a priority this offseason for the Mets, but with all the stalling it seems like the organization has gotten cold feet.

The reason for the stalling, the Mets will be entertaining all offers on any player during the winter meetings, which are a couple weeks away.

Isn’t it obvious? I can’t be the only person who thinks that for the right deal these guys will be playing for another team next season.

Maybe even a mega deal to send them both to the same team? Weirder things have happened this offseason—just look at the Miami Marlins.

The question many Mets fans still ask: how can the Mets trade away their two best players and fan favorites?

The answer is simple, and it really boils down to two basic reasons. Those two reasons are Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores.

Wheeler is currently the Mets No. 1 prospect and Flores is currently rated No. 2. Both guys are rated in the Top 100 MLB prospects, with Wheeler actually ranked in the Top 10.

Wheeler is currently working on his command, but has the makings of a top-tier pitcher—possibly the future ace of the staff.

Flores’ primary position was shortstop until he was moved to third base after his first few years in the pros.

One would have to question why the organization would move such a highly touted prospect to third base if the ballclub planned to have David Wright with the Mets for another 5 or 6 years.

If those two prospects were not with the Mets, there is probably zero chance the Mets deal Wright, Dickey or both of them.

Having Flores and Wheeler gives the Mets the freedom to try and move both Wright and Dickey, and get younger in the process.

The team may not necessarily get better, not right away, but the Mets have the ability to really start building for the future.

It’s been rumored that the deals the Mets expect in return for Wright and Dickey will be monster packages. But only time will tell with regards to whether or not they will accept less than a monster deal, and the way the negotiations are going, it looks like they will.

It’s obvious that the Mets have decided that before they sign on the dotted line with Wright and Dickey, they are going to explore their options in the trade market.

With that in mind, don’t expect the Mets to get any contracts signed with Dickey or Wright until sometime in late December.

Even if they do sign them to extensions, don’t be surprised if you see the Mets move either of the two before next season.

With Flores and Wheeler as backup plans, the Mets may be itching to pull the trigger on a trade very soon.