The New York Mets lost their sixth straight game today with a 6-4 loss against the San Francisco Giants, completing the series sweep. Even though Mets third baseman David Wright had the day off, more focus was on him than the actual game since the Mets are just so awful.
The reason why Wright has been a topic of conversation is not because he is having a bad season, even though that is true; it is because of former Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca‘s comments over the weekend saying that the Mets would be smart to trade Wright for some youth in the minor leagues. He suggested hitting youth to be exact since all the Mets have in their farm system is pitching.
Now Wright is the Mets’ captain and is considered to be the Derek Jeter of the Mets — only without the championship rings — and some Mets fans would say it is blasphemous to even be discussing trading Wright. But in all honesty I have to say I am with Lo Duca and feel that Wright’s time with the Mets has run its course.
Wright is now 31 years of age and has a long-term contract that does not expire until the year 2020, which could turn some teams off. But the only scenario I can see for the Mets trading Wright is to a contenting team looking to win now with enough hitting in the major leagues currently that they can spare some of their top hitters in the minors.
A trade will not be made immediately of course, because if it does happen it would likely only occur on the day of the MLB trade deadline and no sooner than that. But after getting swept in back-to-back series, first to the lowly Chicago Cubs and now to the Giants, the Mets are quickly falling out of any type of contention with a 28-35 record in only early June.
With the Mets’ “financial situation” and ownership refusing to spend money on free agents, the team’s only hope for any success in the future is to actually trade their best player and hope for the best with the top hitting prospects they get in return. This is in no way Wright’s fault, but it would be the best for the Mets’ organization and for Wright if they were to part ways sooner rather than later.