That's an article about how Beltran is realistic/ok with being traded mid-season. Nothing about Wright or how anybody (players, management, scouts or the typical Post "anonymous source") feels Wright is "just a memory of someone who used to be a good player".
Originally Posted by Paulypal
For me, I wouldn't trade Wright now - he's at a low value point (unless you truly feel he's done). He was pretty decent in 2010 productionwise, and we find out now that for much of 2011 he'd been playing with a broken back. See how he looks in late August/Sept. (give him a few weeks of slack in July/early Aug to work off the rust) and think about it next year.
It's not like the Mets have a replacement ready for him. Dan Murphy is most comfortable at 3B, true, but come on... Wright's upside is far greater. Murphy may hit closer to .300 but I don't see him as ever driving in 100 runs. I like Murph but the way he's playing now is (IMHO) just about his ceiling - a decent .750 OPS, good glove, good batting eye and good for average, some occasional pop, but likely good for about 70 RBI at most. Wright has driven in 100+ RBI in EVERY full season he's played in but one - his dismal 2009 season, when he still put up more RBI per PA than Murphy did (who got 556 at-bats to Wright's 618).
The Mets' best bet by far is to stand pat and hope he bounces back. He's only 28. Giving up on him now would be tantamount to finding a taker for Reyes after 2010... Just imagine if Tejada had hit more like he's doing now and someone figured he was ready to take over at SS, and then watching Reyes bounce back like a demon at age 28 for someone else.
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