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Will David Wright finish the season in Flushing?
As tough as the past few years have been for Mets fans, they've been just as tough on David Wright. Following an MVP caliber year in 2008 tarnished by the The Great Collapse II, Wright's average, RBI and homers plummeted while his strikeouts drastically rose.
Without any consistent support in the lineup, and with the added toll of injury and an offensive vacuum, Wright's past three seasons have been a far cry from the all-star years he posted in the latter half of the previous decade.
At age 29, Wright's career can still take a Mike Schmidt-like return to greatness, and teams may be enticed to pay handsomely for him, believing that a change of scenery can ignite this rebound.
For a team like the Mets, who are in such desperate need of cheap rebuilding blocks, who are they to turn down an incredible offer for a potentially fading superstar?
Why It's So Critical
Trading Wright is the definition of a high risk-high reward scenario. If Wright rebounds, he can fetch a high premium from a team with prospects to spare in search of the final piece for a championship run. The Mets could receive a slew of young, cheap players that GM Sandy Alderson can build around.
However, if the Mets do deal Wright, ticket sales will inherently drop even further and the casual fan's interest in the team may drop with it, which is a horrible scenario for a team scrapped for cash. Either way, what the Mets do with Wright will have a significant impact on the future of the franchise.
What Will Happen:
A healthy Wright will rebound, but not to 2008 levels, and the hopeful and cautious Mets front office will neglect to deal him barring two situations: 1. The Mets have unforeseeably awful first half, or 2. They get absolutely blown away by an offer they just can't refuse.