By Pete Barrett, NY Sports Cookie
By Pete Barrett, NY Sports Cookie
The Mets have a club option that they will inevitably pick up on 3B David Wright this offseason. After they do so, they have two more options: sign him long term or trade him away.
If Wright truly wants to finish his career as a Met, than they should be able to work out a deal. Most people think the biggest concern will be ownership boning up the seven years, or $100 plus million to sign him, but that may not be the biggest obstacle.
Wright has said that he isn’t looking to find the most money he could get on the open market, but instead a place where he thinks he can win. That might bode worse for the Mets than even their finances.
The Mets have a lot of mediocre talent, some bad contracts, and a weak farm system (albeit promising pitching.) GM Sandy Alderson thinks the Mets will need to bring players in via trade, but the Mets don’t have the pieces. Unless, they give up on their young pitching, which isn’t realistic as of now.
Wright could look at this team, and see a role for himself as a Cliff Floyd, a mentor to the younger players, teaching them how to play the game the W-right way. But, he isn’t 35 yet, he isn’t even 30. He has a lot of baseball to play, and likely wants to get back to the playoffs – something he has experienced only once in his tenure with the Mets.
Wright should consider his legacy, and how much he means to the New York fan base. Also, how many endorsements he can do off the field in a market like New York. But at the end of the day, Wright will have to live with himself. If he stays with the Mets, he may be choosing a career without a ring.
On Jason Bay…
“The Mets will likely try to trade him this winter, seeing if they can find someone else’s bad contract to swap. If that doesn’t work and he makes it to spring training, they’ll hope he looks better. Then — if Bay appears as rigid and unathletic as he has the last few years — they should let him go. Alderson has done it before.” – Andrew Marchand, ESPN New York
2:34 UPDATE: Andrew Marchand will join The Pete Barrett Podcast Friday afternoon.
This column was published in the beginning of August, but the situation has only worsened. In his last 10 games, Bay has just four hits, and a .143 batting average. Like Marchand addresses, GM Sandy Alderson has cut players before: Castillo and Perez. But even with his lack of production, Bay is still admired by his teammates and coaches for his positive attitude through his dramatic decline.
With ownership’s financial insecurity – instead of cutting Bay they should pool their resources and locate the monSTARS who stole Bay’s swing – because it looks worse than Michael Jordan’s in Space Jam.
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After days of mourning and a four-game losing streak, the documentary highlights Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa looking for a way to get his team to focus back on winning.
He struggled coming up with an idea or speech that did not come off as insensitive. “It was a tough, tough call. An impossible call to make,” LaRussa said.
Until, he found an article written by St. Louis Post Dispatch Columnist Bernie Miklasz.
According to Miklasz in the documentary, Kile spoke to the media during spring training early in his career just after his dad had died suddenly. He said this:
In order to be a man you have to be able to separate your personal from your work life. It may sound cold, but I’ve got work to do.
MLB Network does a great job of portraying Kile as regular guy. He had a wife, three kids, and never missed a day of work.
That’s why the Cardinals decided to play on June 23rd, Kile’s day to pitch. Kile didn’t miss starts, and that might be the biggest lesson of the day. We have too few opportunities on earth to miss any.
We are constantly told to live each day like it is our last, but thats impossible. We have responsibilities we can’t ignore, that only magnify with age.
But, now more than ever, we need to do at least two things:
Read about Jessica Ghawi, or someone we connect with whose time was cut short on this earth. Think what they would have do for one more opportunity, and channel that passion into our work.
Take advantage of all our opportunities, we’ll never know if we will be presented with the same one twice. So, let’s never miss a start.
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