Trade Candidate: David Wright

It seems a foregone conclusion that the Mets will trade at least one of their high-priced stars this summer.  Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez have been the most-rumored candidates to leave Queens, but all three players carry risk for any trade partner. 

Beltran is under contract just through this year, he has a full no-trade clause and is coming off of two injury-plagued seasons.  Reyes can also be a free agent this winter, so an interested team might not be willing to trade much of value for the shortstop unless it is given a negotiating window beforehand.  Rodriguez has little value as a closer due to the vesting option that would guarantee him $17.5MM in 2012 if he finishes at least 55 games this year, and no team is desperate enough for a stopper at that price.

The Mets do have one asset that carries no baggage — David Wright.  The third baseman is just 28 and signed to a contract that would pay him roughly $27MM between now and the end of the 2012 season, plus a $16MM club option for 2013 (with a $1MM buyout).  Wright has indicated he wants to stay in New York and wouldn't ask for a trade

Losing a homegrown star like Wright would be an unpopular move amongst Mets fans, but if Sandy Alderson is committed to a complete rebuild, moving Wright would be the last step, but also the most lucrative in terms of what the Mets could demand in return.  Here are a few of the teams that would likely get in on the bidding if Wright became available…

  • AngelsAlberto Callaspo has been the bulk of playing time at third for the Halos, with the hot-hitting Maicer Izturis seeing a few starts at third and at shortstop.  Wright would certainly be an upgrade, the Angels could afford him, and they probably have the prospect depth to get the New York's attention.  (Though Mike Trout is untouchable.) 
  • Athletics.  It isn't Billy Beane's style to make a big deadline move, but with the AL West as tight as it is and Kevin Kouzmanoff having seemingly lost his starting job at third, the A's could decide their time is now and make an offer for Wright.  If the quest for the playoffs came up short, Oakland might also try to flip Wright this winter.
  • CardinalsDavid Freese got off to a great start but he will be out for at least the next two months with a fractured hand.  With the Albert Pujols negotiations looming this winter, St. Louis is pretty unlikely to pick up another big contract, though the argument could be made that Pujols would be more eager to stay if Wright was also in the lineup.
  • Marlins.  Florida is right behind the Phillies in the NL East despite a revolving door at third base.  The Fish aren't known for adding big contracts, but with their new ballpark opening next season and a real shot at the playoffs, an exception could be made.  That said, it's hard enough to imagine the Mets trading Wright at all, and almost impossible to see them moving their franchise player to a divisional rival.
  • RockiesIan Stewart was sent to Triple-A after a 2-for-26 (.077) start to the season and was recalled on Tuesday after hitting well in the minors.  It's possible Colorado could look for outside help if Stewart continues to struggle, since their veteran infield depth (Jose Lopez and Ty Wigginton) has also been ineffective.
  • TigersBrandon Inge has started 29 of Detroit's 32 games this season and while his defense at the hot corner remains above average according to UZR/150, he has managed just a .551 OPS at the plate.  Inge has been an underrated source of power for the last few seasons but he has just one home run in 2011.  He signed a two-year extension last October so the Tigers would have to eat some money if they acquired another third baseman, but if Detroit gets back into the pennant race and still needs hitting help, Wright could look awfully tempting.


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101 Comments on "Trade Candidate: David Wright"


East Coast Bias
4 years 3 months ago

Not gonna happen.

tacko
4 years 3 months ago

Agreed. Wright is the Cal Ripken/Derek Jeter/Chipper Jones of the Mets.

dc21892
4 years 3 months ago

I wouldn’t go that far.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

in fairness he said.. ‘of the mets’

tacko
4 years 3 months ago

Why isn’t it a fair statement?

They all put up comparable stats up to David’s current age, are fan favorites, and are likely to spend their entire careers with the same team.

Going too far would have been comparing Wright to Musial, Yastrzemski, Bench, or Gehrig in the same category.

tiduss
4 years 3 months ago

Keep dreaming.

4 years 3 months ago

Why even bother writing about this?

vtadave
4 years 3 months ago

Why NOT bother?

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

you do know what mlbtr stands for right?

East Coast Bias
4 years 3 months ago

Yo @Lunchbox45:disqus this has nothing to do with baseball, but I’m leaving for Peru tomorrow for a week! Just thought I’d let you know. I’ll be gone for a week, so everyone be good!

Infield Fly
4 years 3 months ago

Buen viaje (and hey, maybe you’ll come back as “South American Bias”)!

East Coast Bias
4 years 3 months ago

lol, you never know. Thanks ‘Fly!

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

@EastCoastBias:disqus Have a great trip. Peru is awesome, the girls are incredible! take lots of pics but don’t smoke the cigars!

rbeezy
4 years 3 months ago

who cares

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

if you don’t why did you reply? mind your own business

JacksTigers
4 years 3 months ago

Why even bother writing THIS.

4 years 3 months ago

I agree. Why talk about this? Unless we are talking Snider, Stewart and Gose for him 😉

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

at this point I don’t even think the mets would go for that .

ARodinyourPujols
4 years 3 months ago

Are you a Mets fan or Jays fan? Cause if you are a Mets fan you are delusional and if you are a Jays fan then you are off your rocker

Joe Valenti
4 years 3 months ago

there used to be a joke. jeter shoved his arod in giambi’s posada…idk if that has anything to do with your name

steven118
4 years 3 months ago

i dont know i like the idea of a complete fire sale with wright reyes beltran krod and whoever else they can trade they need to start over it has to start somewhere but i dont think the mets will trade wright the fans would combust

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 3 months ago

How could you not mention the Reds? Rolen, as wonderful as he’s been is once again bothered by his shoulder. He’s 36 now his body is having a hard time healing. Reds have got to consider Wright if he’s available. They have plenty on the farm, and would probably give you someone off their major league roster to make a deal for him. Since he’s under contract, albeit a large one, for a few more years, he’s a potential solution worth giving up something good for.

Wright to the Cardinals? No, please, no. He’s one of my favorite players; DON’T send him there.

vtadave
4 years 3 months ago

Dear Mark,

Thanks for the article. I’d be willing to deal for him if Bud would just approve the Fox deal.

Sincerely,

F. McCourt

dc21892
4 years 3 months ago

Well we can definately count the Cards out. If they want to resign Pujols, adding Wrights salary makes absolutely NO sense at all. I can see the Angels being the front runner if he’s moved at some point.

4 years 3 months ago

I really dont see this happening, but he would probably bring in 50% of most teams top 10 prospects.

4 years 3 months ago

David Wright is a career New York Met.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

I used to say the same thing about Roy Halladay (being a career Jay)

:(

4 years 3 months ago

Now you have me scared.

But I also feel New York is a larger baseball market and losing David Wright would sadden more people. That being said, I like the Blue Jays (and Canada) and wish Halladay stayed there forever. But look, now you have Kyle Drabek.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

I’m more excited about Morrow than Drabek.. Drabek, as good as his stuff is, just doesn’t strike out enough batters for some reason.

Sniderlover
4 years 3 months ago

I’ve noticed something, he is not using his curveball as the out pitch. Didn’t use any curveballs today so I’d guess he is just trying to improve the command on his fastball, cutter and change-up (which is looking pretty good now).

I think the strikeouts will increase over time but yeah, I’m more excited about Morrow. I hope he can stay healthy.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

even in AA last year though his k/9 was 7.3

With his stuff, he should be striking out more batters. So far in 10 starts in the majors his k/9 is 6.55.. untill he learns to finish off batters, he won’t be anything more than #3 starter..

Obviously there is reason to expect his k/9 to improve as his command and feel grow, but no minor league numbers suggest that he’ll ever be a 9 k/9 pitcher.

Tools_of_Ignorance
4 years 3 months ago

I was just gonna say that. Never say never, Mets fans.

Lawrie was the first name that came to mind, it’s like my brain is in denial when it comes to Snider. Probably not a healthy mindset.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

Snider’s hitting .500 in so far in AAA. he’s fine

rbeezy
4 years 3 months ago

can’t hit major league pitching, at this point he’s upside is a poor mans matt stairs.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

true..

23 is a great age to give up on a stud prospect lol

take a hike

Redbirds16
4 years 3 months ago

What about Griffey being a career Mariner? or Berkman? Or Oswalt? or Rolen? or any Marlin? or Piazza with the Dodgers? or Holliday with the Rox? McClouth of the Pirates? AGon?

Some of these might be a stretch comparison (due to the background of the player, age, team finances, etc…), but with surprising frequency, franchise type players are traded.

bravesrule384
4 years 3 months ago

Yeah, that’s what I thought about Tommy Glavine being a career Brave, then whadduya know…he went to the Muts….errrr…Mets (LOL) for 5 years, before returning to the Braves in 08. SO Spaz…I wouldn’t count your chickens before their hatched, my friend…about Wright staying a Met for his whole career.

4 years 3 months ago

the cardinals would never make this trade with freese as cheap as he is already, but man what an even scarier offense that would be with wright

Redbirds16
4 years 3 months ago

The Cards would have to throw in Freese and Miller plus a few others to land Wright. The whole package required to land Wright would just be too much, or rather, another team would put up a more competitive offer than the Cards would.

4 years 3 months ago

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER trading him. EVER

4 years 3 months ago

Its so difficult to find a decent left side of the infield and ideally I would love to see the Mets do anything they can to keep both Wright AND Reyes for a long time. Who’s better than these 2 right now? SS-Tulo and Hanley 3B-Arod, Bautista, Zimmerman, Longo…..I don’t mean to start having everyone make their lists, but the point is their isn’t much production from those positions around the league.

East Coast Bias
4 years 3 months ago

I can’t think of any better SS/3B combo in the majors right now.

4 years 3 months ago

Oh come on, you know my Twins have the better combo of Valencia and Casilla/Tolbert.

…Hahaha

jordan
4 years 3 months ago

nvm

angel31
4 years 3 months ago

Actually trading Wright could actually be smart for the Mets, especially being in debt. I do not see them trading him this summer but maybe in the winter. I say this is because if the Mets do have a fire sale and get rid of all the big contracts of Reyes, Beltran, Rodriguez, and maybe Bay. The FO is telling the fans, we are in rebuild mode and don’t expect any winning for 2-3 years. The same time when Wright’s contract is up. So basically your wasting a lot of money to keep an icon around when you could make your team better in the future with the prospects Wright could bring in. Look at what the Padres just did with Gonzalez.

Redbirds16
4 years 3 months ago

A very good point. Unlike Reyes, Beltran, and KRod, the Mets don’t have to trade Wright right away. So until they hear a package they really like, there’s no reason to ship him off.

TexasReds
4 years 3 months ago

yeah and look at what happened to the Padres offense.

Joe Valenti
4 years 3 months ago

for wright or reyes? i dont see where wright would play unless they are making ortiz the odd man out and putting wright at DH. i could see them possibly trading for reyes?

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 3 months ago

The Mets are NOT gonna trade Wright. When will you realize that??!!?

mookie_and_doc
4 years 3 months ago

honestly, anything is possible at this point.

4 years 3 months ago

Wright, Reyes are a match made in HEAVEN, for the Angels.. As a Halo fan, I would jizz my pants and cry if we finally got a great 3B like Wright and Reyes. Tony pulls some crazy trades out of his hat, but it would cost the Angels Bourjos, Trumbo to start

4 years 3 months ago

Try Trout to start and then add in Segura. And then there will be a few additional prospects traded as well. No way that the Angels get both Wright and Reyes without giving up those two.

4 years 3 months ago

Trout is untouchable.. You got to look at NYM needs which is pitching 1B, SS, OF
i.e. Bourjos, Trumbo, Ayabar, Chatwood, Jepsen, Sagura would probably do it? IDK i’m not a GM hahah

4 years 3 months ago

well add 3B to that list if Wright is traded

4 years 3 months ago

Trout is not untouchable if you’re talking about both Reyes and Wright. Because Reyes is so close to free agency, you could get him without including Trout, but the Mets would start out asking for Trout for Wright alone. So there’s no way Wright and Reyes would go to the Angels, and Trout would not come back to the Mets.

4 years 3 months ago

If the Angels were to get BOTH Reyes and Wright, they would have to give up all ten of their top 10 prospects and then some. It’s not going to happen.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

what about if they give you vernon wells?

Tools_of_Ignorance
4 years 3 months ago

They’re worth more if you break up the set. No team likely would have the capacity or be willing to give up the assets that you could receive from two separate buyers.

4 years 3 months ago

Yeah, there is no way the Angels get both Reyes and Wright without starting with Trout.

dickylarue
4 years 3 months ago

How Trout could be deemed untouchable for Wright by the author really makes the author look silly. Power hitting franchise 3b under 30 signed to reasonable deals don’t get dealt except for the best prospects in baseball. Why would the Mets even consider taking anything less than the Angels best prospect for David Wright? We’re not talking about Kevin Kouzmanoff here. We’re talking about a franchise talent in their prime. If you can’t get the best prospects in baseball for that kind of player then there is zero reason to deal him. The Mets will always make enough money to cover Wright’s salary despite the Madoff nonsense.

cubfan4life
4 years 3 months ago

While i agree with you that premium talent combined with affordability requires premium prospects in return i dont see Trout as a guy thats going to get moved for anyone. I think if Anaheim were to get in on any trade for Wright it would have to be some combination of Peter Bourjos, Jean Segura, Tyler Chatwood, Mark Trumbo, Jordan Walden, Kaleb Cowart, and Garrett Richards. It would most likely take at least 4 of those guys and even then it would be tough. My guess is that the biggest piece to move will be Jose Reyes to the Giants and if i had to guess i would guess K-Rod would go to the White Sox, Beltran to whoever will give up something for him. If they remain in the race into late July i could see Cleveland being a fit with him splitting time between LF, CF and DH. Reyes is a great fit with SF with what he can bring to the top of their order and if they can pry Sandoval from SF maybe that makes a Wright deal more of an option. Krod is a huge fit for the White Sox. They need a guy at the back of their bullpen and they have some movable pieces.

jakec77
4 years 3 months ago

My guesses:

Wright goes nowhere.

Reyes goes to Tampa.

K-Rod- tough call. The way things are in Chicago, it’s hard to see the White Sox adding. Ideally, K-Rod has to go somewhere as a set up guy, but how many closers are there that he can be slotted behind and expect him to be okay with that? In some ways, the best fit is right across town. K-Rod for Soriano, Yankees either have to include some money to pay for Sororiano’s contract next two years or prospects. Otherwise, would it be feasible for Texas to go with co-closers for a time, then move Feliz into rotation?

Beltran- how about Philly? Or Giants? Or, if they don’t get Reyes, maybe Tampa (to take Manny’s spot)? Mets may have to eat some money here, depending on what kind of return they want.

4 years 3 months ago

Beltran would be a lot more valuable to an AL team in the long run

cubfan4life
4 years 3 months ago

Tampa doesnt have the resources to bring in a guy like Reyes. The money isnt right and its not the way the Rays do business. I think Beltran is a possibility depending on how much the Mets are willing to kick in monetarily. Reyes going to SF just makes too much sense. I even mentioned it on here back in January. He is a dynamice player at the top of the order who can jump start the Giants offense. He would be a major upgrade defensively. And they have the prospects to get him with a packae centered around Zach Wheeler or Jonathan Sanchez.

K-Rods best fit is in Chicago or possibly St. Louis. Both teams are playoff caliber but have major question marks in the 9th inning that can keep them from going where they want to go. I dont agree with you that Texas is a fit. You cant move Feliz into the rotation mid season. That is a move that has to be made before spring training. There is too much of a difference in preparation to make that switch mid-season. And the idea of dealing for Rafael Soriano is ludicrous. There is no reason to bring back Soriano for K-Rod. Alderson will get prospects for him. Both CHI and STL have guys who would be perfect fits in trade pieces with CHI sending back Sergio Santos and another mid level prospect or STL giving up Jason Motte along with a prospect for KRod. Both of those guys are young and cheap and can both fill in as the closer for this year and beyond if they are successful and if not then they can become a decent piece out of the pen with all of the closers on the market next year thay can go out and get one if they want to.

Beltran is a guy who can go just about anywhere. Philly makes sense but idk if they deal him to a team in the same division. SF doesnt make as much sense because they already have an overabundance of oFers and they will eventually recall Brandon Belt. Ithink that an AL team is likely the best spot for Beltran to land cause you can DH him some to keep him healthy. I think that one of the surprise teams that are always hanging around in mid july could be a team that picks him up. I like Cleveland, Tampa, Seattle, and KC in pretty much that order as fits. Cleveland is playing amazing ball right now and in that division where CHI isnt scoring runs and has big 9th inning questions. Detroit is underachieving and is without VMart for a while. and Minnesota is without Mauer and their pitching staff has been poor. Tampa needs offensive help if they want to keep up with NY and Boston. Seattle and KC are longshots but both could used him if they are close in July.

Redbirds16
4 years 3 months ago

Even though the Cards really could use a closer…

StL won’t take a guy like KRod, mostly due to his personality. And then the price is Motte and a prospect? Plus the salary? …

cubfan4life
4 years 3 months ago

Like you i think Krod going to STL is questionable given his character however they do need a closer and i think Motte plus a fringe prospect is a resonable price provided the Mets kick in cash which they will almost have to do to move Krod. STL does need closer help. Krod just seems like the one who can help the most right away. 9 saves in 10 opportunities. 19 Ks in 15 and a third innings. his WHIP is a little high but even so he still has only given up 2 runs this year. Given the closers who could possibly be available at some point this year he would be at the top if not for his character issues. other guys who could end up being available are Aardsma from SEA who is injured, Broxton from LA who is injured and may not be available Bell in SD who may or may not get moved if he does he will command a steep return and possibly some second tier guys like Gregg Putz or dotel , none of which can provide as big of an impact as a guy like Krod.

mikeclyne
4 years 3 months ago

I know you said Trout was unavailable…throw in K-Rod and Reyes with Wright and who know Angels might just be desperate enough…shoot they picked up Vernon Wells!

A’s – nope, he will make too much $$$
Marlins – not a chance, Mets will not trade star in the same division…
Cards – not unless you want a riot in STL b/c fans are knowledgable enough to know that means no Pujols, unless Holiday was the one leaving…
Rockies – could be interesting
Tigers – not sure if they would have the payroll to go for it, think about all the bloatted contracts there already…

To me some teams to also think about would be…
KC – so much upcoming talent there, it could acclerate the growth curve a little. But log jams one of the top prospects, so maybe not
Reds – Rolen always seems hurt and Wright could stablize inflield a little…
Texas – Oh wait they already have 2 All-Star thirdbasemen…
Mil – Have made big splashes and could use Prince to make the wheels get greased…
Dodgers – Oh wait they can’t pay their current players…
SF – needs infield and middle of the order help in worst way. They are the most offensensivly inpet them to win a world series…

Dodgers and Texas were a joke…relax before responding….

JacksTigers
4 years 3 months ago

The only bloated contract for Detroit is Guillen and that’s only 13MM, I’m not sure who else you are reffering to. Robertson, Willis, Bonderman, and Magglio’s bad contracts are all paid off.

mikeclyne
4 years 3 months ago

Carrer right below .300 hitter, averaging less then 20 HRs a year paid 12 mil per year? (Victor Martinez)
Carrer .250 hitter, avging less then 20 HRs per year, never driving in 100 rbis paid 5.5 mil? (Brandon Inge)
Bullpen guys Valverde and Benoit comibined 12.5 million…Valverde has been good, if not very good this year, Benoit at ERA over 8 paid 5.5 million…

You are right they have gotten rid of a bunch of the REALLY bad deals, but there are more out there too…Payroll is over 100 mil, 10th highest in baseball…and my guess is in Detriot’s struggling economy they are not generating the tenth most revenues in baseball…

JacksTigers
4 years 3 months ago

I’ll agree with Inge and Benoit being bad contracts but V-Mart is way better than you give him credit for. He is a career .300 hitter with some power. Twelve million is not a bad contract at all.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 3 months ago

And it’s Victor effin Martinez! No one goes wrong with having Victor around.

jeffdg
4 years 3 months ago

I would think Toronto would make a play for him, and then move Lawrie to a corner OF position.

I know STL cant really take on more salary, and would be loath to give up Shelby Miller — but wow, what a great fit he would be in STL.

Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

move lawrie to 2B more like it ..

Trade Hechavarria, Aaron Hill, Thames, Stewart or Deck, D’arnaud