There has been talk festering throughout the Mets’ blogosphere that the Mets should admit that they are going nowhere fast, swallow their pride and trade David Wright away for prospects while he still has some value.
Wait, what? You mean trading the franchise and the effervescent face of the franchise?
Well, before we dismiss it totally, as Brian Joura pointed the other day, Wright appears headed toward his worst season with the Mets, at least when it comes to OPS. So, the thought here is sell now, while the Mets can get the most return for him before Wright really becomes a liability (both on the field and on the payroll).
However, we have to look at the bigger picture. Wright has done so much for this franchise while giving his heart and soul to this club and the last thing the franchise should do is alienate most of the fanbase and trade him away.
How soul-crushing would that be to accept?
Wright is everything you want in a player. He does his job day in and day out, never complains and above all, produces. He has been a mainstay in the Mets’ lineup for roughly a decade. You don’t reward that loyalty and undying faith by trading him.
One of the main reasons the Mets locked up Wright to a seven-year deal worth $122 million was to show they wanted to build around Wright and also appease the fanbase. After they received flak for letting Jose Reyes walk, the Mets did not want to seem they were totally giving up and masquerade as a small-market team.
True, Mets’ ownership has let us down and there is a laundry list of complaints we have legitimate gripes about, but they committed themselves to Wright, and as fans, so should we.
Look, Wright is going to decline. That is just the natural order of things, especially a player in their 30s. What the Mets have to do is start to spend, make the right trades and put a better team around Wright, so it can hide some of his liabilities. Signing Curtis Granderson was a nice start, but more must be done.
It’s only fair to Wright. Even throughout his struggles this year, and outside of Daniel Murphy having himself a fine season, Wright still has to be considered the Mets most-trusted hitter this year.
Simply put, on the list of reasons why the Mets are struggling this year, Wright is nowhere near the top of that list.
While nice in theory, trading Wright is not the solution. It would only open up the franchise for even more ridicule.
The Mets have continue building on the good pitching they have, acquire some much-need protection for Wright and let him finish his career in style.
He’s earned that much.
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