Sunday, November 6, 2011

Time to move Wright, I think so...

The more time I've had to digest this off-season the more it makes sense to trade David Wright.  It seems like the writing is on the wall in the case of Jose Reyes and I just don't see him returning next year.  Without Reyes, this team is essentially in a rebuilding process ( whether they will call it that or not) so what's the point of keeping Wright, nobody is going to buy a extra ticket to see Wright play on a very bad team.  Couple that with what you maybe able to receive for Wright and as unpopular a move as it maybe it would be the right one. 

For example the idea Joel Sherman floated about sending Wright to the Angels for Bourjos and a couple of arms would be very appealing to me.  In Bourjos you fill the center field hole with a player who's an up grade over Pagan and gives you payroll flexibility.  Even if the arms were only marginal throw-ins your continuing to build farm depth.

Your not going to replace Wright's productivity on the field or his popularity with the fan base in the short term, but this team truly appears to be taking a long term approach at fixing this mess and long term it makes sense to get as much as possible for Wright...

The team the Mets are focusing upon the most is the Angels, who they know have had interest in Wright previously and, in Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos, have two young center fielders. The Angels will not move Trout, who made his major league debut at 19 last year and is seen as a five-tool cornerstone to their future.

But Bourjos is a possibility. Two different talent evaluators told me they thought Bourjos was one of the three best defensive center fielders in the majors last year. Bourjos, who turns 25 in March, also hit .271 with 12 homers and 22 steals. If the Mets are able to get Bourjos and one or two arms from a group that includes Tyler Chatwood, Garrett Richards and John Hellweg, it could be enticing because there also would be a significant amount of saved money for 2012 — take your pick if that ends up in ownerships’ pockets or reinvested in payroll. source NY Post