Posted 29 August 2012 - 06:21 AM
Didn't watch this one after the 4th inning or so, but yeah, nice to see the bats come to life a little. Parnell has been the winning pitcher the last two games.
Of course, a major decision is coming up for the Mets' brass: what to do with David Wright. It seems to boil down to three choices:
1) Sign him this off-season before he becomes a free agent after next season.
2) Keep him for next year but wait until later to sign him (if they go this route, they will likely be stuck waiting until the exclusive negotiating period or when anyone can sign him).
3) Trade him for whatever prospects you can get, anytime between the offseason and next season's trading deadline.
The several million dollar question...what is he worth? Joe and Evan make it sound like the Mets need to sign him no matter what, even if it's for well over $100 million. I don't think I agree with that, for a number of reasons:
1) He's not a strong defensive player.
2) His last four seasons, compared to the seasons that came before it, have been a mixed bag. His strikeouts are up and his power has been down, and he's been prone to prolonged funks. This season is not ending on a good note either...though he's currently on pace to finish with a BB-to-K ratio similar to 2007 and 2008 (both solid seasons), his strikeouts have gone up considerably in the second half. Overall, his second half has been similar to last season, when he turned in his weakest year in the majors. So what it comes down to: Do the last four years of his career warrant the superstar dollars that he will likely think he is worth?
3) I think he definitely cares deeply about helping the Mets, and maybe this is fanspeak, but David's never really seemed like a true leader in the lockerroom, or a guy who inspires teammates. If that's not something that comes naturally to him, maybe it's unfair to ask that of him, but he's going to get huge money, and if the Mets are the team who gives it to him, chances are they aren't going to have a lot of it to go around...if they keep Wright, clearly the Mets believe he's the cornerstone (with the hope that Ike can be cornerstone 1A), and they'll try to build around him with their young pitching, salary-controlled prospects, and some mid-level contracts. But should Wright really be considered a cornerstone player? I know the overall career numbers are strong, as are his overall numbers this season, but I don't know if Wright should be considered "the guy" in the 5+ years to come, based on the last four years.
Anyway, I'm not dead-set against bringing Wright back, just not sure how long I would do it for, and for how much money. In a perfect world, I'd go 5 years and $80 million (even those numbers make me nervous), but it's hard to believe that he won't get more on both counts from someone, and if the Mets offered that, no way Wright takes that, no matter how much he loves being a Met. So at this point, I'm leaning towards trading him in the offseason...if the offers aren't strong, the Mets could hope he has a big first half next year, and then hope some would-be contender thinks he could be the difference, but that's risky...teams will know the Mets are trying to unload him at that point, and they'll try to buy low. I think his value may be highest after this season, especially if a big September puffs his season numbers up a bit.
So what do fellow Met fans think? Sign him to top dollar ($100 million or more)? Trade him? Keep him and either try to trade him next season or take your chances and try to sign him after next season?
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