@michaelgbaron should the Mets just go ahead and resign Wright to new deal now? Seems to make sense all the way around.#ask mikeThe fan in me agrees with you, but the prudent approach might be to wait, at least until mid-season after his adjustment to the new dimensions at Citi Field has been evaluated and measured. Besides, I'm not sure Wright would sign a new deal right now, anyway. He is coming off the worst year of his career, and I would think he would want to re-establish his value in 2012 and also evaluate the direction of the franchise as the season progresses. But if Wright is having a good year, the team is playing well, and the front office is interested in retaining him beyond his current contract, I’d like for the Mets to keep him through the season and explore a new, long-term deal at some point over the next year.
— david norton (@dmnwatkins) January 21, 2012
@michaelgbaron #AskMikeWho do you think will have a breakout year for the @Mets ?Personally, I think Wright is poised for a big comeback year. The new dimensions play into his game perfectly; if he can use a consistent approach and swing and go with the outside pitch rather than try to muscle up and pull that pitch, I would expect Wright to resemble his 2005-2008 form.
— Shawn Vaid (@kubare24) January 21, 2012
@michaelgbaron what's the chance the Mets seriously pursue a Bay for Burnett deal or is it just more of a web rumor? #askmikeIt appears to be no more than a web rumor. Last month, Dwight Gooden made such a suggestion on Twitter, but no interest from either the Mets or the Yankees was never reported in the media. Burnett walks a lot of guys and gives up a lot of home runs, but I wonder how much that has to do with pitching in Yankee Stadium and Burnett potentially feeling a need to execute perfectly to keep the ball in the park. A move to a park like Citi Field could benefit him, and while his stuff appeared to diminish somewhat last year, he's proven to be a durable presence in the Yankee rotation, which, as it was proven with Mike Pelfrey, the Mets value.
— B (@B23R) January 21, 2012
As far as Bay and Burnett's contracts are concerned, Burnett's is more appealing simply because if Bay is healthy in 2013, his $17 million option for 2014 is easily attainable, whereas Burnett's contract simply expires after 2013. In addition, this swap would open up more opportunities for some of the Mets outfield prospects (such as Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt Den Dekker) in the short term, which could benefit the organization as a whole. But the Yankees already have a strong option in left field in Brett Gardner who, to be honest, is a more valuable player on the field right now than Bay. Therefore, I don't know if this "suggestion" makes much sense for the Yankees.
Burnett was 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA last season with the Yankees. He has two years and $33 million left on his contract.
Bay has two years and $32 million left on his deal, plus a $17 million option for 2014.
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