Thoughts: David Wright should finish his career as a Met and own nearly all of the team’s career offensive records when he retires. And since he has a full no-trade clause, he doesn’t have to worry about being shipped off to Toronto next winter.
“I take a lot of pride in putting on this uniform on every day,” Wright said. “I take a lot of pride in going out there and trying to play hard in front of those fans every day. And there’s a lot of good times to come.”
Let’s hope he’s right, because as happy as I am to see Wright commit to the Mets, this deal doesn’t make the team better – it just keeps them from getting worse.
Thoughts: Titles are nice, but I think they’re mostly for the fans. Any baseball player that needs that little “C” on his jersey probably isn’t up to the leadership the role requires.
Thoughts: Well, I laughed when they signed Oliver Perez last off-season and it worked out reasonably well for them. I suppose this could, too. But as frustrated as I am by the Mets’ inability to acquire outfielders, I would be furious if Sandy Alderson came home from Nashville with Chone Figgins… and that’s kind of what Jack Zduriencik is doing here. Could Mike Pelfrey be the next disappointing former Met to land in Seattle?
Thoughts: That’s a lot of money for some talented players with big question marks surrounding them. If that’s what it takes to land a decent free agent outfielder, I guess it might be a good thing that they’re out of the Mets’ price range. And if all the teams the Mets try to talk trades with keep asking for Zack Wheeler… well, I won’t be able to blame Alderson if the Opening Day outfield is Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter.
Item: There are a lot of rumors surrounding R.A. Dickey – who knows how true any of them are….
Thoughts: R.A. Dickey seems like a great person, and he’s a lot of fun to watch pitch. He’s also 38 years old – young in the grand scheme of things, but old for baseball pitchers not named Phil Niekro or Nolan Ryan. It’s pretty clear that the Mets will not be competitive in 2013, so while it would be fun to watch Dickey every fifth day, if the Mets can trade him for someone who would be able to help them in 2013, 2014 and 2015, they should do it. They also need to be careful to make sure Dickey doesn’t turn into the next Johan Santana or Jose Reyes. (I actually like Howard Megdal‘s idea to swap Dickey for Reyes.)