deGrom WrightWithout signing Yoenis Cespedes, the lineup for the Mets will put a lot of confidence in David Wright to make up for the loss of Cespedes. Unfortunately, the captain has been injured over the past couple of years, and has played in over 120 games two times in the past five years. The health concerns for Wright in 2016 have provided the Mets with a need to add depth, which is exactly what they did over the offseason.

Entering the offseason, the Mets had Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada at shortstop. This was a position that needed to be upgraded, as Flores provided a decent bat, hitting 16 homers and driving in 59 runs. Flores’ defensive game was not terrible, but his 14 errors in 103 games at shortstop could be improved upon. On the other hand, Tejada had a nice season, but the Mets are not sold on Tejada being the starting shortstop, as he struggled offensively in 2013 and 2014.

The signing of Asdrubal Cabrera provides the Mets with durability and versatility. Since 2011, Cabrera has played in over 130 games and has played both middle infield positions. His acquisition gives the Mets a chance to use Flores or Tejada at third base. If the Mets would rather have them play second base, and let Neil Walker play third base, a position he played throughout his minor league career.

With these mixture of players, the team has created a roster that will be able to adjust to injuries and slumps. Even the minor league team has depth to offer the infield, as Dilson Herrera has already played in the majors, and Matt Reynolds has played solid baseball for Triple-A Las Vegas. Besides having a backup first baseman for Lucas Duda, the rest of the infield can adjust to unforeseen events that the regular season brings every year.

The front office has been smart this offseason by providing depth to the lineup, but one main problem the lineup will have is providing enough offense. Wright will have to provide quite a bit of offense in order for the team to make up for the loss of Cespedes. The last time Wright has over a 2.0 WAR was in 2013, when he made the All-Star Game. In 112 games, Wright hit .307, with 18 homers and 58 RBIs. This is a solid year, but with Duda, Granderson, and Walker having hit more than 20 homeruns a season, the Mets may need a little bit more production from Wright if they are going to compete for the division title again.

So far, BaseballReference.com has Wright projected to hit 9 homers, 37 RBIs and 38 runs in 346 plate appearances. These projections predict that Wright will miss some time throughout the season. FanGraphs.com projects that the captain will hit 14 homers with 62 RBIs in 553 appearances. This would most likely occur throughout the remainder of the season without any injuries.

These projections show that it is hard to determine what type of year David Wright will have, as no one is sure how healthy the third baseman will be, or what type of player he will be. In any case, the Mets need Wright to be healthy, and the front office played it smart to provide depth in the infield.

7 comments on “The Mets need a healthy David Wright

  • Eraff

    Wow— I’d shutter at a Gun to My Head Over/Under on Games Played for D. Wright.

    I’d be interested in a “top side” projection from a medical professional— 110 games?…125 games? “A Healthy David Wright c. 2016” simply doesn’t correlate to a Healthy player, as we remember him.

    I don’t believe there is anything ahead other than a compromised player with lower games and ab’s, and lower production per ab.

    • James Preller

      Actually, I am more afraid of a healthy, unproductive Wright than I am on no Wright at all.

      If no Wright, you just slide Murphy over to 3B and . . .

      Oh, wait.

      I do not believe that Wright will be productive. I hope, very much, that I’m wrong. What I do believe is that he’ll be in the #2 spot in the order long after we all realize that he’s hurting the team.

      A “healthy” Wright — and aren’t those days gone? — keeps the club stuck in a neutral position. That’s where I’m most sympathetic to Sandy Alderson. He couldn’t really do anything here but keep his fingers crossed.

      The bat speed is gone.

      It’s my biggest concern going into 2016. My worst scenario is poor play all season long from the Captain.

      • Chris F

        Big mistake was not trading for Frazier, then Wright could have platooned with Duda at 1B

        • Brian Joura

          The Mets will never platoon Wright.
          Duda had a .285/.333/.545 line against LHP last year. Why is the default assumption that he needs to be platooned?

          • Chris F

            Short bursts of doing heroic work followed by long stretches of doing nothing. And it’s the only position on the field Wright can play. I would also have considered moving Duda.

  • Matty Mets

    Call me crazy, but this is not my biggest concern. I know he’ll probably never be an all-star again, but if healthy, I’m confident he’ll at least be a solid .275 hitter who can draw some walks and hit some doubles. If he’s hurt, Flores can fill in a heck of a lot better than Campbell, so I feel like we’ve improved over last year at the hot corner.

  • Metsense

    The trade for Neil Walker is the Wright insurance policy if Wright goes to the DL. Hererra would then be promoted and play second base. Hopefully Wright will be able to play 130 games and give the team 16-20 homeruns with a 800 OPS.

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