CJ sent in an e-mail asking: "Is David Wright worth a big contract? Don't get me wrong, I love Wright and home grown talent, but I'm not sure signing him to a long term big contract gets the Mets anywhere closer to winning it all. He can't carry a team, he's a great complementary player, but not a "Piazza". ?So I say trade him, and then sign someone like Josh Hamilton."
I'll get to Wright, who may be worth his next contract based solely on what he does for this franchise from a message, stability and marketing point of view. But, first, let me say there is no way the Mets should or will sign Hamilton. I admire Josh's fight, story and struggle, but his history would be cause for concern in New York. Plus, he has a lot of?mileage?on his body and life, he's an old 31 in my book, and I don't see him ever living up to the massive, long-term contract he's likely to get from the Rangers. I'd much, much rather Wright on this team in this city for a slightly less expensive contract.
Now, I know what you mean when you say, 'Wright is a complementary player.' I get it. I don't agree, but I understand what you're saying and why. The thing is, Wright is actually responsible for about the same percentage of his team's run production as Hamilton is for Texas. In other words, in the context of the Mets, right now, Wright?is Hamilton. The problem, however, is Wright is NOT surrounded by Texas's offense, which sort of gets back to your point, CJ...