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What’s Best For Wright

By Unknown author

The date was September 18, 2006, and the Mets had defeated the Marlins to clinch their first NL East title since 1988.  José Reyes was 23, David Wright was 24, and each was having his first All-Star season.  The future of Mets baseball looked so bright.  Reyes and Wright were going to lead the Mets for many years to come.

Since then, four, frustrating years have passed, and so much has changed.  With Reyes’s contract set to expire at the end of the year, we know he may not be a Met much longer.  But Wright, who’s signed through 2012 and has a team option for 2013 — he won’t leave us…right?

As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York suggests, Wright’s future is not nearly as clear cut as it once was. Wright grew up loving the Mets, and he has said time and again that he wants to bring them a championship.  But how long is he willing to wait?  After the 2013 season, David will turn 31.  And with Reyes (and Beltrán’s knees) likely to be long gone by then, who knows if the team will be in any position to make a playoff run by that point.

David Wright is my favorite Met of all time.  He’s a five-time All-Star, a hard worker, and a great role model. I would be heartbroken if he ever left.

But what’s best for him?  He has not had enough support around him for several years now, and, as Rubin also suggests, that may be part of the reason for his individual streakiness.  In his first few seasons, Wright was a consistent, disciplined hitter.  Now, perhaps his less disciplined approach at the plate is reflective not only of the pressure he puts on himself, but also of his expiring patience with the Mets.

Wright might just be loyal enough to this franchise to stay no matter what the circumstances are.  However, being a Met is hurting him on both individual and team levels.  If they really don’t want him to leave, they need to give him more support.  But with the team in a state of flux between the Minaya and Madoff debacles, that support is likely years away.  And sadly, what’s best for Wright is not what’s best for me.