David Wright to the Philadelphia Phillies: Could It Actually Happen?
According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Philadelphia Phillies are entertaining the idea of trying to put together an offer for David Wright. Stark said that the Phillies have been interested in Wright for a while.
Should it really come as a surprise that a team looking to upgrade at third base is interested in one of the game's best third baseman? This interest also makes sense given that Ryan Howard could miss all of the 2012 season. Wright would be able to replace his bat in the Phillies lineup.
For a deal like this to work, the Phillies would need to make a massive offer. It would take a lot for the New York Mets to trade Wright within the division, and the package from their biggest rivals would need to be mind-blowing.
It is not as if the Phillies do not have the prospects to make such a deal. The issue is that it would absolutely decimate the Phils' farm system. Two names that have already been floated around are Domonic Brown and Vance Worley for Wright, but even that does not seem like it will be enough for the 28-year-old third baseman.
The Phillies would need to reach even deeper into their farm system to pull off a deal for Wright. At least one additional player—such as Trevor May—would need to be included in a deal.
It seems as if this is nothing more than offseason speculation on the behalf of Stark. It is practically impossible to see the Mets trading Wright to the Phillies unless they receive a king's ransom.
The Mets already have enough issues attracting fans, and trading Wright away to their biggest rivals will cause an even bigger cleavage between the fans and management. With Jose Reyes' free agency being an issue as well, there is no way that they can let their two best players leave town.
While it is nice to hear rumors like this, the chances of a deal happening are incredibly small.
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