New York Mets: Why Trading David Wright Makes Sense
I know what a lot of you are thinking: How would Sandy Alderson get away with dealing the face of the franchise?
Wright's production has considerably gone down the past few seasons. Yes, he's had to deal with getting hit in the head by a fastball and a fractured back. But he has struggled big time this season at the plate and in the field. He is far from the Gold Glove form that we've seen in the past.
This offseason, a lot of the attention is going to be on re-signing Jose Reyes. I firmly believe that Sandy Alderson should do whatever it takes to keep Jose in New York. David Wright is currently under contract until 2012, and the team holds an option for 2013. His value will probably be at its peak this offseason.
Before Daniel Murphy went down with an ankle injury in August, he was having quite a season, hitting .320. Only Ryan Braun, Jose Reyes and Matt Kemp have better batting averages than that.
While Wright is known for being a streaky hitter, Murphy is all about consistency. His struggles in the field have been well documented. The Mets have tried him in the outfield and at first and second base. But guess what Daniel's natural position is? Third base.
I think you can see where I'm going with this.
Murphy can replace David at the hot corner should the Mets decide to deal him. His defense at third base will surely be better than anywhere else he plays.
What could the Mets get in return for Wright? There have been reports linking the Colorado Rockies to Wright. I think they have had their eyes on David ever since he broke in to the majors.
So, here's a potential mock trade.
Rockies get: 3B David Wright
Mets get: RHP Huston Street, RHP Edgmer Escalona, C Wilin Rosario
We all know about the Mets' need for a closer. Nobody on the roster has been able to fill that void. Street may not be Mariano Rivera, but he's converted 29-of-33 save opportunities this season.
Wilin Rosario is one of the best catching prospects in baseball. I love what I've seen from him, and he could potentially be the long-term answer at catcher.
Escalona is a promising young pitcher, but I stayed away from their top pitching prospects like Rex Brothers and Tyler Matzek. Because of that, I think this is a very reasonable trade proposal.
Personally, this offer seems too good to refuse. Yes, David is a great baseball player. Baseball is a team game, though, and this trade helps the team in so many different areas. This helps the team in the present and in the future, while saving a lot of money.
I love David, and it would be hard to see him go. But if the Rockies or another team come calling with an offer like this, Sandy should at the very least consider it.
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