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Rubin: Mets may deal David Wright, keep Jose Reyes

May 31, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

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The ever familiar “source familiar with the organization’s thinking” told Adam Rubin that the Mets may re-sign free-agent-to-be Jose Reyes and trade David Wright next winter.

According to the unnamed source:

It will be a very ticklish situation because of what David has meant to the team for so long, but that’s not a concern of [GM Sandy Alderson]. There will be some capital there to spend on Reyes if they choose to go that direction. Now, he can’t obviously get monster money. If Reyes wants monster money, no, the Mets won’t keep him.

The source, of course, didn’t rule out a trade of Reyes before the deadline.

Wright is owed $15 million next year, and his contract includes a $16 million option for 2013 that will be picked up if he stays healthy.  There’d be plenty of interest in him if the Mets did make him available over the winter.  Aramis Ramirez and Casey Blake are going to be the best third basemen available in free agency.

Still, it’s hard to see why the Mets would move Wright, only to spend his money on what would have to be a long-term deal for Reyes.  Wright is more durable, and he has the better track record.  It’s true that his numbers have suffered in Citi Field, but he’s still one of the game’s very best third basemen and he’s just 28.

Anyway, with big trade offers for Reyes likely to come in before the deadline, it’s not even going to be worth speculating on Reyes vs. Wright until Aug. 1.

  1. Old Gator - May 31, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    I’d love to see the Feesh get him. They haven’t had a real third baseman since Mike Lowell. I doubt, though, if Scrooge McLoria would want to meet the Mutts’ asking price, as I doubt if the Mutts would trade him within the division.

  2. clownsfan - May 31, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    David Wright has got no heart.

    • bennyblanco1 - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      Such a waste of words ya clown.

  3. kiwicricket - May 31, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    They could have both with cash to spare, if they didn’t buy Bay!

  4. bigharold - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Wright could be a fall back plan if the Yankees don’t sign Pujols.

  5. uyf1950 - Jun 1, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Why wouldn’t Reyes test the FA market. Reyes would have to be an absolute fool not to shop his talents especially if he continues to have the type of year he’s having. The Mets may like to resign him, but I’m sure there will be other teams that would like to also. That’s just my opinion.

  6. gbftbl12 - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    The Nationals have the cap room and flexibility to move Ryan Zimmerman to 1st and scoop up Wright for several pitching prospects. That would set them up for at least two years with the option to extend both well into their career. 2012 could be their breakout year and a move to 1st for Zimm could be the smartest thing for his career and their team.

    • mcsoxerhoff - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM

      Zimmerman is a significantly better defensive 3B than Wright.

      What you said makes no sense.

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