Before I start, Let me Say, I am a Mets fan. I bleed blue and orange. And unless David Wright is asking for north of 180 million, I believe the New York Mets have to sign him to a long term deal. The fans have gone through the tough loss to the Cardinals, the collapses to the Phillies, the Madoff scandal and just total lost years. But there has always been one constant for the Met fans. They always had homegrown STAR David Wright. I capitalize star because even though I love David and want him long term on the Mets, he is not a superstar by any means.
Yes David is hitting around .375 and that is amazing. But that doesn’t make him a superstar. He also has 5 home runs, five less than J.J. Hardy, tied with Chipper Jones and Scott Hairston.. both who have at least 60 less at bats than David. Now its not about home runs, its also about driving the runs in, well David is at 18th in the league which is average for all stars at the moment.
Wrights career totals are 300 batting average with 20 home runs and 83 rbi a year. I am sorry, but that is not close to super star numbers. While yes he has played in a big ballpark his entire career and then Citi Field didn’t help for three years, he should still be better if he is truly a Superstar.
Average is great, but do you know who is in second with batting average right now? Melky Cabrera. He is certainly not a superstar just because he has a high average, and neither should Wright. Wright has only hit above .315 once in his career, so its hard to believe he will finish above .330.
But the Mets need David Wright. The Mets fans need David Wright. As fans we hope Wilpon Alderson and Wright come to fair terms. He is more valuable to the organization and the fans then Jose Reyes ever will be. Reyes still might be the better overall player, but David Wright is what the Mets want to be. Classy, positive and never say die attitude. That is what Wright is all about, that is what Alderson is all about and that is what Collins is all about. It’s what Wilpon needs to understand and be all about.
Hopefully David will sign a longterm deal near Mark Texiera money, that seems fair on both accounts to me.