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Friday, September 28, 2012

Not Re-sign Dickey and Wright? R.A.-diculous!

The first game I went to this season was Jose Reyes' return. I hope the last game I went to isn't R.A. Dickey, David Wright and Ike Davis' farewell.

Wright and Dickey are the most popular Mets and Davis might be third. Dickey got his 20th win today and both Wright and Davis hit home runs. It was an exciting day to be at Citi Field - a rare September Mets game in recent years that wasn't meaningless.

But as we head into the offseason, there is a possibility that some or all of these players could be traded over the winter. This is crazy.

Thanks to Dickey's magical season, I was one of a fair number of Met fans who came out to Citi Field today. Even so, we were besieged by scalpers offering tickets at half price as soon as we got off the train. I can only imagine what it was like at the September games that actually were meaningless.

Aside from Johan Santana, unfortunately injured yet again, is there anyone on the Mets that people are coming out to see besides Dickey, Wright or Davis?

With Wright and Dickey heading into the final year of their contracts, the only way they will be traded is if the Mets think they won't be able to re-sign them. And what would that say about the state of the franchise?

I'm not saying Ike Davis should be untouchable, but considering that the team's biggest need is a middle-of-the-order hitter, trading Ike would create a need for another Ike. Davis' overall numbers still have a way to go, but 31 homers, including 19 after the All-Star break, will be impossible to replace.

Big-market teams with fan favorites that are also their most productive players don't get rid of those players - they build around them. Losing Reyes should be an aberration, not the start of a trend.

The last home game used to be Fan Appreciation Day. If the Mets really do appreciate their fans, they will bring back the players they most appreciate.

3 comments:

Backstreets said...

The Mets would be crazy to let these guys go, unless they're asking for way too much money. But here's my question: If you're David Wright, do you REALLY want to stay with this organization? Hasn't he suffered enough? He seems to care so much about the game, I'd like to see him have a chance to win, as much as it would pain me to see the Mets lose him.

nutballgazette said...

I jsut think it would be insane tolet go Dickey, Wright or Davis, We have seen how quickly teams can go from worst to Serious Contender.

Also have to keep Ike Davis who on June 15th was fitting below 200 with 3 Home Runs and 15 RBI's
He has right now 31 Home Runs and 89 RBI's, So in about 100 Games he has hit 28 Home Runs and 74 RBI's That would be 45 Home Runs and 122 RBI's

Uncle Mike said...

I think the big question for Wright is, "Can the Mets afford to make the commitment to winning, which would convince me to re-sign with them?"

If the answer is yes, then they'll make him an offer he can't refuse.

If the answer is no, they simply can't afford it, since Bernie Madoff made off with so much Wilpon dough, then Wright needs to start looking elsewhere.

The Yankees probably wouldn't go for him, being committed to A-Rod. But, depending on their needs at 3rd base, the Red Sox, the Giants, the Braves, and the 2 L.A.-area teams might, because they have not only the cash but the willingness to spend it (unlike, say, the Royals, owned by a Wal-Mart in-law who nonetheless spends like the A's, if Madoff had bilked them). Who knows, the Orioles might decide to go for it with Wright.