MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Teams Interested in New York Mets' David Wright This Summer
Even if you’re just a moderate Mets fan, you’ve heard all the trade talk that has circulated around our team since day one of spring training.
Be it Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran or even Francisco Rodriguez, the Mets have some trade chips that could help tilt the balance of a divisional race if traded at the 2011 MLB trade deadline.
One name brought up recently by the New York media willing to pounce on any news tidbit, is the possibility of trading franchise-stud David Wright at the July 31 deadline.
Wright has played his whole career in Queens and has embraced the team as much as the fans have embraced him, but with his continuing inconsistencies at the plate since moving to Citi Field and lingering injury issues, it may be as good a time as any to sell high on number five.
As our majority owner so willingly stated, David Wright is “a really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
Whether that quote hurt Wright’s perceived stock from other teams or not, maybe it’s just about that time to deal D. Wright, start fresh, and build the future of the Mets around Jose Reyes and his MVP-caliber skills.
Here are 10 potential trade partners if in fact the New York Mets look to deal David Wright this coming trade deadline.
According to a source close to the Mets' business decisions, “after adding whatever Reyes commands to the 2012 salaries of Johan Santana ($24 million) and Jason Bay ($16 million), the source predicted the Mets will not have the means to retain Wright at $15 million as well.”
In all likelihood, if the Mets do strike a deal with Jose Reyes, it may spell the end of David Wright’s tenure in New York and a viable candidate for his services could be the Mariners from Seattle.
With under-performing Chone Figgins manning the hot corner and batting a mediocre .191/.232/.256 through 48 games, Wright would be an obvious and superior upgrade in Seattle.
While best case scenario says the Mets should hold on to David Wright for the foreseeable future, the next best case could be shipping him to the AL West so he only gets a limited opportunity to rub his elite talent in our face every year.
With the Colorado Rockies' third base situation currently in flux, David Wright could potentially become their long-term answer at the hot corner and in the middle of the lineup surrounded by the likes of Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Helton.
With Ian Stewart’s demotion to Triple-A after batting a lowly .064/.154/.085 with the big club and ex-Met Ty Wigginton currently his fill-in, it’s safe to say that the Rox will be in the market for a big hitting third baseman sometime in the near future.
Not to mention Wright’s .364 batting average and 1.081 OPS at hitter-friendly Coors Field, he could be a great match in Denver.
While Danny Valencia seems to be a worthwhile homegrown candidate to lock up the third base position for many years, if the Minnesota Twins have a shot at landing David Wright, you could bet they’d be willing to re-tool their infield to accommodate Wright’s big bat.
The Twins are known for their fruitful farm system, so pounding out a deal shouldn’t be an issue, but it’ll be whether or not the Twins are willing to vacate their typical protocol of bringing in homegrown talent by looking elsewhere to plug their holes.
The Twins and Mets have found common ground in the trade business before, most notably the trade that sent Johan Santana to Queens, so look for Minnesota’s name to be thrown into the mix if they feel the need to upgrade at 3B.
San Francisco Giants
Despite remaining in the NL, I firmly believe that if Wright were to leave Flushing, our best option as fans would be to see him land somewhere on the west coast so there would be limited opportunity for him to put a good shellacking on us.
One team that could be the market for an upgrade at 3B is the reigning World Series champs San Francisco Giants and their current makeshift infield, consisting of Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez, Brandon Crawford and Miguel Tejada.
While Pablo Sandoval continues his rehabilitation from a wrist injury and rookie first baseman Brandon Belt struggling at the next level, the possibilities are there for Wright to head west to San Fran.
With a wealth of young pitchers talented enough to iron out a deal, the addition of Wright could severely shift the balance of power in the NL West in favor of the Giants.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Again, I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but if Mets brass do indeed deem that Jose Reyes‘ new contract is worth the risk of trading away wright, there will be no other better place to relocate him to than the West; the AL West in fact.
With Maicer Izturis and Albert Callaspo sharing time at the hot corner and the latter not paying huge dividends in the middle of the Angels’ lineup, the addition of David Wright’s .308 batting average and .670 OPS in Angel Stadium could jolt the lineup in a good way.
Teaming up with a "player’s manager" in Mike Scioscia, Wright’s unique baseball intangibles and leadership qualities could bode well for the Halos.
Los Angeles Dodgers
With two over-30 defenders on the left side of the Dodgers’ infield in Casey Blake and Juan Uribe, a trade for Mets slugger David Wright does make some logical sense.
With the promotion of Flash’s son Dee Gordon, Los Angeles does look to have a steady future at short, but shoring up the third base position should be their next priority.
While the Dodgers are facing financial problems just as severe as the Mets’ difficulties, they could be a good candidate to match up in a trade at the deadline or in the 2011 offseason.
Despite the Cubs’ struggles this season that have led to a (currently) 25-39 record and sitting fifth in the NL Central, current third baseman and long-time Cub Aramis Ramirez has been adamant to tell the media that he does not plan to waive his no-trade clause and wants to stay with the north siders for years to come.
As per ESPNChicago.com, Ramirez had to say, "I've committed to the Cubs and the Cubs committed to me. That's why you have these types of contracts. At this point I'm not really interested in being traded, and I don't think I will [waive the no-trade clause]. I took less money to stay here in Chicago for five years, and I plan to honor my five-year commitment."
So as a landing spot for David Wright, Chicago seems less likely than most the teams on this list, but don’t put it past Cubs ownership to make a big-time move to keep the folks’ butts at Wrigley planted exactly where they are.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox are in the midst of a very winnable AL Central race, and looking around the infield, third base is an area that could use the biggest upgrade.
Obviously David Wright’s bat would be a far greater improvement over Brett Morel’s and Mark Teahen’s sub-.590 OPS, and Wright’s Gold Glove-caliber defense would also be a nice asset to Alexi Ramirez’s above average play at short.
Much like the White Sox, the Tigers are in the midst of a competitive AL Central, and their eyes are set on nothing less than a World Series appearance.
With Brandon Inge’s struggles and current DL stint, trade talk involving the Mets’ cornerstone has been circulating all year.
Inge is signed through 2012 and if his struggles continue and he keeps up with his current .211 batting average, you can almost certainly agree that the Tigers will look elsewhere for 3B help.
Although Wright comes with a massive contract ($14 million in 2011, $15 million in 2012), that shouldn’t discourage Detroit from entering a bidding war for one of the most sought-after position players this year.
Scott Rolen is 36 years old.
His back up, Miguel Cairo, is 37 years old.
I don’t think it’s unfair to say that the Reds will be on the lookout for their next third baseman sometime in the near future.
And by near future, I mean the 2011 MLB trade deadline.
Both men are certainly serviceable, above average athletes, but neither is getting any younger and the addition of a 28-year-old Wright would be a welcomed sight in Cincy.
Wright has also has a history of tearing up Great American Ballpark, hitting .343 with a 1.142 OPS and 10 extra base hits along with 13 RBI.
The Reds also have the sixth-best farm system in the MLB as opposed to the Mets 27th worst according to Frankie Piliere’s AOLNews rankings, so matching up in a trade that will bring New York a wealth of prospects shouldn’t be the biggest speed bump in pounding out a deal.
All said and done, both teams could make out perfectly if a deal was struck sometime this summer.
Christopher Howland is a New York Mets Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He also is currently interning with Rotoworld.com of NBC Sports. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisHowland5