Article in the Post today about whether the Mets should trade Wright, Dickey, and Niese for as many prospects as they can get:
I would say no to Niese, because he's signed to reasonable dollars over the next four years, and seems to be hitting his stride...looks like he can be a 10-15 game winner for each year of his deal, maybe even a little better with some run support.
I would say yes to Dickey and Wright. Dickey hurts a little, because he's a great story for sure, and seems to have a great attitude...exactly the kind of guy who want to keep around, one who's good in the clubhouse AND contributes on the field. But he's not young, as we all know, and though the fact that he's a knuckleballer might mean he's younger than his years, his value will probably never be higher than it will be this offseason, and let's face it, if not for his phenomenal season, the Mets are a lot worse than their 64-71 mark. The Mets have a lot of holes that need filling over the next couple of years if they want to think about contending any time soon, and Dickey can definitely help a real contender next season. Even if Dickey repeated this season again next year, it's hard to fathom that the Mets will contend in 2013. The Mets COULD hang onto him and trade him at the deadline of course, hope he has another big sesaon that drives up his price a little more, but that's risky if he doesn't pitch as well next season. I hate to do it, because I like Dickey a lot, but I trade him in the offseason now, when the Mets likely have price certainty with him.
I say yes to Wright for the reasons stated before in this thread...the Wright of the last four seasons is simply not as good as the Wright from 2004-08. Whatever contract Wright gets is really going to be based on THAT version of David Wright, which is a dangerous move. This version of Wright doesn't get on base as much, doesn't hit for as much power, and strikes out a lot more. This season has been propped up by a awesome first half, but as we have seen, as the season moved into the second half, Wright has pretty much become the David Wright of last year. nmig will tell you that sabermetrics dictated that Wright had a good year last season, but let's face it, even if I agreed with that, it's impossible to ignore that Wright's numbers have been up-and-down since 2009...the power numbers definitely have been, and moving in the fences at Citi don't seem to have made that much of a difference. The numbers being bandied about are for seven years and well over $100 million for David. Look at the balance of the last four seasons...no matter how much we may like him, those four years simply do not command the kind of money Wright will likely ask for. But thanks to this season's great first half, if he can turn in a decent September, his overall numbers this season are going to look pretty good...maybe good enough that someone who hasn't been watching Wright over the last four seasons will think they're trading for/paying for the Wright of old. I think the Mets have already gotten his best, and they got those years at a terrific value overall. Now it's time for someone else to pay him over-the-top money for lesser performance...and for the Mets to try to get a player or two that can help them in the years to come.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 04 September 2012 - 07:32 AM.