Author’s Note: This is further exploration of a theme which was previously explored by TRS86 on The Real Dirty Mets Blog, based on an idea from long-time TRDMB outstanding contributor Wanny.
David Wright for Juston Upton and a prospect or two.
The DBacks to appear to have a promising young 3B in Ryan Wheeler who, while tearing up AAA in his 93 games there, was underwhelming in his first taste of the majors. Perhaps they use Wright at 3B in 2013 while Wheeler matures in AAA? Maybe they decide to keep Wright long-term and move Wheeler, who has played several other positions? Or maybe they trade Wright at the deadline for prospects?
The Mets would get younger and faster, dramatically improve their outfield, and also compensate for the power lost by losing Wright. Upton has indeed been inconsistent, but his 2009 and 20011 seasons were quite good, and he is just 25.
He is signed for the next 3 years at a total of about $38.5 million. Which means that the Mets would be taking on a much smaller commitment financially than re-signing Wright would entail, and would have this player from basically age 25-28.
This move would also give the increasingly impressive Wilmer Flores the chance to develop into the third baseman of the future.
The more this writer thinks about this, the more sense it makes.
If Arizona likes this idea, both for the level of player it gives them for Upton as well as the incredible flexibility it would afford in terms of whether they keep Wright or trade him, maybe a prospect or two could even be pried loose as well.
David Wright is an all-time great Met. From 2005—2008 he was among the league’s best players. But aside from the first half of 2012, he has not been quite the same the last four years. He will be 30 soon, and while every signing must be judged on its own merits, the Omar Minaya era did show the huge risks inherent in signing players over age 30 to long-term deals, especially when their most recent years have not been their best.
Upton has definitely had an up and down career, but has put up inarguably excellent numbers by age 24. Might his best years be ahead of him? It certainly is far more possible that his are than that Wright’s are.
Financially, if the team is indeed sincere about re-signing Wright, that means that taking on Upton’s contract is most definitely workable. As it is for just three years, and at an annual rate well below what Wright will surely command, this would suggest that signing Dickey for three years would be easier to manage.
It also would show the fan base—and the players—that the team is serious about making changes, getting younger, and taking risks in the hope of getting better. It would add a dynamic young player to the team when a player like this is most sorely needed. The starting pitching can be excellent in 2013 and beyond, especially if Dickey is re-signed, and making this move would seemingly make that easier to accomplish. And it would add power and speed to an outfield that sorely needs it.
This makes a lot of sense.
What do you think?