Fan favorite David Wright has been a Met since he first played with the team on July 21st, 2004. Ever since then, he's been the Mets third basemen for almost seven seasons and it's difficult to see anyone other than Wright playing third. Not to mention produce at the same level as Wright.
Wright is a career .302/.382/.512 with a 135 OPS-plus who is, at best, an average defender. Even though his last few years have been down years compared to what he did from 2005-2008, he's still a top-five third basemen in baseball. You don't get talent like that everyday, but Wright has also been something more to the Mets and the fans.
He's been the face of this franchise. From the collapses, to bad management, to the disappointment that have often occurred with the Mets, he's always been the player having to answer to all the Mets problems on the field.
Everyone else around him were either injured or ineffective (looking at you Jason Bay) and he's had to carry the load. Jose Reyes isn't going to drive himself in everyday without any help.
He also has to play half his games at Citi Field which has killed his numbers. It's pretty demoralizing when you hit a ball 400 feet and it's just another fly ball out. Simply put, this guy has been through a lot of cr*p during his time as a Met.
He still has stuck with this organization and has nothing but good things to say about it. Why trade a guy like that?
It's not often that you find a great player who's stuck by a snake bitten team for so many years. Wright makes it seem like he really wants to be in New York. Off the field Wright has been doing charity work and events around the city for years.
It's just not necessary trade him and I doubt the Mets will get blown away with a trade offer; especially when he'd under team control for the next two-and-a-half years. He's not going anywhere this offseason like a Jose Reyes might or Carlos Beltran. That brings me to my other point.
What if you don't resign Reyes? That would mean you lose both your stars and the attendance will most likely decline even further. Who knows, maybe over those two-plus years the Mets can work things out with Wright and keep him year for many years to come.
The Mets still have some contracts coming off the books in the coming years and they do have the money to re-sign him.
They have a couple of players on the roster and prospects in the minors that they can build around Wright—guys like Ike Davis, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia, possibly Justin Turner, and others. If you want to be overly optimistic maybe Reyes takes a hometown discount.
Wright has been through a lot through his career. He deserves to be on the next winning Mets teams after giving a lot to organization and New York. It's up to the Mets to make all the *Wright* moves.
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