New York Mets Should Focus on Building Team, Not Just David Wright

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Let’s be honest–the New York Mets have been the laughing stock of the NL East for a few years now and they don’t appear to be in the position of overtaking the division from the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, or Philadelphia Phillies anytime soon (sorry Miami Marlins). There’s no question that when healthy, David Wright has the potential to be one of the top third baseman in the game, but the Mets made a terrible decision to give him such a large contract–mainly because he’s not going to be able to help this team on his own.

Instead of spending close to $140 million on Wright over the next eight years, New York should have considered saving some of the money and bring in better players to surround their star third baseman with. It’s not everyday a star third baseman comes along who’s batting over .300 for his career and it’s understandable why the Mets would want to lock him up now to avoid the risk of losing him down the road due to free agency, but there’s only so much one individual can do when it comes to helping his team win.

There’s a reason why the Mets have finished in fourth place in the NL East in each of the last four seasons and all signs point to them finishing around the same spot once again in 2013 with the type of key moves the Nationals, Braves, and Phillies have been making this offseason. Wright is certainly a great player, but the Mets should have focused on building a team around him instead of signing him to a hefty extension.

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