Here we go again, another silly move by our funny owners in Flushing. Let me score it as I see things…
Wright’s a clean-cut guy who works hard and keeps his nose clean. Admirable in today’s society. I’ll give the signing one point for that.
As pure baseball talent, he’s good…..not great. Worth half a point.
That said, I’ve seen enough Mets games to know he is far short of clutch. His struggles come in good part because they have no one to protect him in the line-up. Lucas Duda is not the answer and considering the way things have gone for Mets player personnel of late, the answer doesn’t appear to be around the corner either. If I can giveth…then I can taketh too…..deduct one point.
I understand he is the face of the franchise which is another issue, in my opinion, because the guy is as bland as plain gelatin…he gives the most boring, cliché ridden interview I have ever heard on the radio. David, WAKE UP! Fans may admire his work ethic, but his personality and likability aint bringing anybody to the park, the tv set or the radio. Minus half a point.
I think the real reason they signed him was a pure PR move after dropping Jose Reyes. Trading, not signing, was the real move for the Mets. I think real Met fans would have agreed that shipping him out for young studs was the better play, just as they should have done with Reyes. These guys are running this team like they are happy being “half pregnant”. Either go for youth and stockpile or go buy what you need on the open market to win today. Playing the middle gets you nowhere. Nothing worse than finishing third, fourth or in this team’s case fifth in a 5 team division year after year. Set a strategy and Go Big after it of Go Home. Management should have been able to see past the negative short-term press from the Post, the FAN, etc. Big strategic mistake….minus 2 points.
At a reported 7 years for $122 million….an average of about $17 million a year….Wright got the same deal that Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman and Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria got when you consider future value of money instead of today’s value…..not a star contract at all. Contract price is plus one point.
The length of the deal will tie the Mets hands (and for Mets fans, if they are lucky its the next owner’s hands) both financially and position player wise. 3rd base is a power position. Wright is 30 years old today, probably past his prime and will be 38 at the end of this deal. Good luck with his power and bat speed at 38. And now difficult to trade as well because the new “owner” of this contract would have the same aging player issues down the line. You can point to Atlanta’s Chipper Jones, among a few others I suppose, who were extremely successful 3rd basemen at the end of their careers….but Chipper is a freak of nature and David Wright will NEVER be confused with that guaranteed first ballot unanimous Hall of Famer. Length of contract is Minus 1.5 points.
And what about David Wright himself? I need to question where his head is in all of this. Does he really think that the Mets stand a chance of returning to the big stage? Has this team shown ANY ability to run this franchise in a winning manner? Has he just decided to take the easy path….to negotiate an extension with one full season remaining on his current Mets contract…..to take the money and run and instead of going out with the freedom that free agency brings and joining a winning team that has a chance at the post season and the World Championship. To me, he’s decided to just play out the string on his career here in New York and bank what he can. Minus 2 points.
I like Sandy Alderson as GM and he has some very talented guys on his team in Riccardi and DePodesta. I think they have proven an ability to find talent. But in this case I think they are acting for reasons not in the best interest of the club’s on-field performance. My scorecard says minus 4.5 points.
And that, unfortunately, is the recent norm….a negative move….for the owners of this team. It’s a shame what greedy Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz have done to this franchise by “investing” all their money with Bernie Madoff and then allowing inept son Jeff Wilpon to run this business. They ruined it.
But there is hope! With the Dodgers fetching $2.0+ billion last summer, and then getting about $5-$6 billion from FOX for the cable TV rights (why FOX just didn’t re-buy the damn team is a good question, huh?) and then FOX paying about 1.5 billion for a 49% stake in YES last week…..they might be tempted to look for a buyer. I have heard that John Henry and Tom Werner are looking in Boston for the same reasons. Pretty tempting and in the end, these guys are business men, nothing more. Wouldn’t that finally be a break for Mets fans.
- Mets and David Wright agree to contract extension (metsblog.com)
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