David Wright to Red Sox?
In an article on Boston.com, Globe journalist Nick Cafardo wrote under the heading “Apropos of Nothing”:
Seems like David Wright is no longer a great fit for the Mets (because of Citi Field), but he would be for the Red Sox (because of Fenway)
With the Red Sox still looking for a third baseman to replace Mike Lowell, and the Mets in need of pitching (where the Bosox have depth), is there a possibility that Wright could be moved to Boston?
As loved as Wright is as a “face of the franchise”, the arrival of Jason Bay and re-signing of Jeff Francoeur would be enough to fill the public relations gap. It was Francoeur, after all, who played Santa at the team’s holiday party, and Francoeur who regaled writers with his quotable quotes and effervescent personality.
Further, Wright’s power drop is what necessitated the acquisition of Bay. Wright admitted publicly that he changed his hitting approach in reaction to cavernous Citi Field — and one can reasonably assume he will continue with the shortened stroke as long as the dimensions remain as they are. Paying $39M over the next three years for a singles hitter isn’t exactly a bargain — especially with backloaded contracts such as the ones given to Bay, Johan Santana, and Carlos Beltran rising.
Wright would be a nice fit in Fenway Park, however — what righthanded hitter wouldn’t, for that matter? Red Sox GM Theo Epstein values Wright’s discipline and high OBP, and could expect Wright’s power numbers to jump back to previous heights with a move to Fenway. It’s a no-brainer from Epstein’s point of view, with the only issue being the cost — what would it take to pry Wright from the Mets?
Certainly the package would have to be similar to what has been offered to the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez, though the Mets would have to receive more “ready now” MLBers. In other words, instead of top prospects such as Casey Kelly, I think the negotiations would have to begin with Jon Lester, who at 25 is perhaps MLB’s best young lefthanded pitcher. Of course, the Bosox wouldn’t want to deal Lester, but would the Mets be willing to take, say, some combination of Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Manny Delcarmen, and Daniel Bard? Mike Lowell would likely be part of the deal as well, and depending on who else the Mets would want, the Sox might pay part or most of Lowell’s salary.
The Mets could pencil in Lowell as a 3B / 1B, but would be wise to also sign another corner infielder such as Hank Blalock as insurance. Better yet, they could pick up Adrian Beltre for an immediate defensive upgrade. The loss in offensive production would be balanced by the improvement in defense and pitching. In every trade you have to give up something to get something.
Calm down, folks — there’s little to no chance of the Mets trading David Wright. And I, for one, would like to see Wright remain in a Mets uniform for at least the next 10 years. But it’s the dead of winter — the ideal time to debate crazy propositions.