UPDATE: 7:03 PM
ORIGINAL POST: 12:13 AM
Alderson: “Right now we don’t contemplate trading David Wright”
Most New York Mets fans were prepared for an offseason that would see Jose Reyes leave as a free agent. And, while most may be angered and upset, I believe they understand the risk that comes with giving a player a six year deal; especially one who hit the DL twice this past season.
If accepting the reality of Reyes leaving wasn’t bad enough, some weeks ago there was a growing sentiment among people who follow the team that the Mets would be open to shopping third basemen David Wright. Andy Martino of the Daily News wrote that “according to one NL executive briefed on the teams thinking, there is a strong possibility the Mets could become more aggressive about shopping [David] Wright if the club struggles to start 2012.” Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that “Word continues to circulate in baseball circles that the Mets will be willing to discuss David Wright in trades this offseason.”
Of course it does, because Wright will make $15 million next year and has a $16 million option for 2013. The Mets’ best chance to get value in return for him is to deal him now. They are not close to winning a division they share with the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals.”
Olney may be right in his bleak assessment of the Mets chances in 2012 and fans are not blind to that, but even if the team’s target date for competing is 2014, I would have to think that at 31 years of age Wright could still be a major part of a championship run.
At the moment, it seems as if Sandy Alderson feels the same. Last night in Dallas, the Mets general manager spoke with reporters and stated that the club has no intentions of trading David Wright:
I don’t think anything Jose does or doesn’t do over the next few days has any impact on David Wright. Period. As an example of what a team might do if it embraced your concept, right now we don’t contemplate trading David Wright.”
On the eve of learning that my favorite player will be doning a new uniform next season, it was — if nothing else — reassuring to hear the club is not looking to trade Wright, “Right now.”
Also, Alderson told the New York reporters that the club is not ‘punting’ the 2012 season just because Jose has found a home elsewhere:
Look, I’m not conceding anything with respect to 2012. OK? It doesn’t matter how you ask the question. We’re here for the next four days to figure out how to put the best possible team on the field for 2012, whether it includes Jose Reyes or not. We’re not conceding anything about 2012. The Diamondbacks didn’t concede anything about 2011. The Cardinals didn’t concede anything about the month of September. Stuff happens in baseball.”
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