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Thoughts on Sophie’s Choice

Posted By Howard Megdal On May 31, 2011 @ 7:33 pm In Player moves,Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled

So the Adam Rubin report [1] that has the Mets entertaining a trade of David Wright, using the Wright salary to sign Jose Reyes, is an interesting one.

For one thing, Rubin’s source points out that the Mets simply don’t have money for both, and that certainly appears to be the case. Either they don’t actually have the money, period, or else they simply may not want to spend so much of their 2012 salary on four players- Wright, Reyes, Jason Bay and Johan Santana.

So put it another way: what could keep Wright and Reyes together would be a massive enough renaissance from Santana and/or Bay that someone will take on at least a portion of those contracts. Unlikely, I know, but Mets fans need to root for both of them for this reason as much as any.

But where Rubin’s source lost me, logic-wise, was that now is the time to trade Wright. For the first time in his career, his durability has been compromised. And his performance, pre-DL, was easily the worst of his career. And if he comes back and finishes strong, the rationale for dealing him-that he’s a non-superstar making superstar money- becomes moot.

Also? I respectfully disagree with the source that Reyes won’t get “monster money”, unless this is not a reference to a Carl Crawford-level deal, and instead to a currency with pictures of zombies on it. I guess time will tell, but I don’t see why a younger Crawford who plays a far more premium position won’t get at least as much as Crawford did.

Still, the basic point is vital- if the Mets can only keep Reyes or Wright, as ludicrous as it is that this should be the case, it behooves them to evaluate it, rather than letting the arbitrary end of Reyes’ deal decide for them.

But one other point that I thought of just before the Rubin piece ran. Starting Daniel Murphy at third base, if you consider Murphy the better option going forward than Justin Turner (and I do, as I wrote earlier today on this blog), doesn’t make a lot of sense. After all, Wright is back soon, signed long-term, while second base is the position that needs filling.

Alternatively, if there’s a chance that third base will be open, then the Mets would be foolish not to try Murphy at third.

Naturally, they’d be pretty foolish, in ordinary times, to give up either Wright or Reyes. But as we all know by now, these just aren’t ordinary times for the Mets.

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