The New York Mets have a decision to make. This decision could decide the future of the organization and whether or not it will be a competitive team through the next decade.
This decision is whether to trade Jose Reyes or David Wright.
The Mets are embroiled in financial troubles, and it keeps them from re-signing both their star players—Mets fans know this.
Carlos Beltran is gone.
K-Rod is gone.
Johan Santana and Jason Bay are staying, as no one wants them for the money they earn.
So, that leaves Reyes and Wright.
Reyes is off to an amazing start to the season, and currently he is in the top three in the MVP chase, along with Matt Kemp and Prince Fielder. The short stop is batting .346 and leads the league in numerous offensive categories including hits, multi-hit games, triples and batting average. He is also in the top five in stolen bases, runs and doubles.
Reyes is a game changer, and when he runs the Mets run. A player like Reyes comes around once in a blue moon.
As for Wright, he is known as the face of the franchise. He has been to the All-Star Game for five straight seasons, and he used to be a guaranteed .300/25/100-guy every season.
But Wright is no longer that type of player.
This all changed when Matt Cain drilled him in the helmet in July 2009.
Since then Wright has backed off from the plate, leading to a drastic increase in strikeouts. His power has suffered because of this, as he no longer reaches for the pitch outside to show us the opposite-field power he once possessed.
But Wright is still the more valuable player on the trade market, as he is signed through for many years to come. Reyes is a "rental," as he can only be owned for a couple of months before he hits free agency and requests "Carl Crawford" money.
Therefore, the Mets will get more young pieces for Wright, and it can help them build a competitive team in the near future around Reyes.
The Mets starting rotation is looking good, as Jon Niese and Dillon Gee have shown us the team has young pitching talent at the big league level. Matt Harvey and Jenrry Mejia are also viable young options down in the minors.
The Mets could really build a solid rotation for years to come if everything works out.
The lineup for the near future looks good as well:
Should the Mets keep Jose Reyes or David Wright?
1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Angel Pagan CF
3. Ike Davis 1B
4. Daniel Murphy RF
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Justin Turner 3B
7. Ronny Paulino C
8. Ruben Tejada 2B
The lineup is filled with young, effective talent, and with the money coming off the books from Beltran and K-Rod, the Mets may be able to sign a decent catching option for the future.
Basically, Reyes is much more valuable than Wright.
Reyes is at the apex of his career, while Wright is suffering a steep decline.
The Mets have middle-of-the-order guys that can make up for Wright, but have no great leadoff man to make up for Reyes. If they make the right decision and resign Reyes, the future looks bright.
But if they make the wrong decision and resign Wright, the dark days are far from over for us Mets fans.