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Friday, April 13, 2012

Megdal: Will the Mets seriously do to David Wright what they did to Jose Reyes?

Megdal’s latest Metaphysical…

With David Wright dealing with a fractured pinky, the Mets have elected not to issue any obvious public statements about Wright that would be commonplace everywhere else in the sport. We want David back healthy, and that’s what matters, or the like. In other words, a common sense approach to Wright’s injury.

Instead, they issued a public statement that made it clear any absence by Wright is Wright’s decision alone. He can, in their words, “return to baseball activity as tolerated.”

Manager Terry Collins has reiterated that he hopes and expects Wright to play against the Phillies on Friday.

And the Mets followed that up with a leak to the Daily News letting everyone know that if they decide not to re-sign Wright, it’s only because he’s so injury-prone.

No pressure to come back or anything, David.

The script is so obvious now because it is so familiar.

Repoz Posted: April 13, 2012 at 06:02 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2012 at 07:16 PM (#4106199)
Regardless of the Mets' motivations, giving Wright a big, long-term contract really might not be a great baseball move anyway.
   2. Bruce Markusen Posted: April 13, 2012 at 07:30 PM (#4106216)
Terry Collins has a low tolerance for injuries, making him baseball's version of Tom Coughlin.
   3. Randy Jones Posted: April 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM (#4106219)
huh? When have the Giants or Coughlin played games in the media with injured players or tried to rush them back from injury?
   4. PreservedFish Posted: April 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM (#4106250)
giving Wright a big, long-term contract really might not be a great baseball move anyway.

What do you think Wright's market value is? GMs do enough wacky wacky stuff that I would never claim to know what the highest bidder would be willing to pay, but it should be clear that Wright's value has taken a major hit in recent years. And that would be factored into Wright's new contract with the team.

Wright is a mystery to me, but I HATE the loss of Reyes, and I'd want the Mets to try and keep Wright if it's at all reasonable. The Mets should be able to hang onto guys that are in their late 20s and already dominate the team record books.
   5. Bruce Markusen Posted: April 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4106252)
At various times in his career with the Giants, Coughlin has talked about injuries as being as much a "mental thing" as anything else. I know he made remarks about it two years ago and when he first became the Giants' head coach about eight or nine years back. When the Giants have been hit with waves of injuries, Coughlin has sometimes expressed his frustration, talking about needing to "correct" the problem.

I don't know that he has ever tried to rush players back from injuries. But he has expressed his impatience with injuries at times.
   6. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: April 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM (#4106272)
The article appears designed to assign responsibility for how the Mets have handled player injuries. But it fails to account for two different front offices and two largely different on-field staffs. The only person in management who Megdal even mentions by name is Terry Collins, about whom Megdal writes, "Manager Terry Collins has reiterated that he hopes and expects Wright to play against the Phillies on Friday."

Follow that link and I'm not certain how Megdal came to use the word "expects." Here's what Collins said in the Daily News article: "I’m not a doctor, and I don’t mean to step on their toes . . . but when they give us a final diagnosis of the whole thing, my gut is you’ll see him (play) Friday."

Everything else in Megdal's piece simply refers to "the Mets" or "they." Should we assume the Wilpons and Katz are handling injury evaluations? If yes, why aren't they named? If not, then who? When the Mets briefly revoked Howard's credentials, he wrote that he "certainly will not shy away from the topics that I believe need to be addressed." I'm not seeing that in action here.
   7. A Di-J Persnickety Posted: April 13, 2012 at 09:28 PM (#4106280)
   8. McCoy Posted: April 13, 2012 at 09:40 PM (#4106289)
Jose Reyes' traveling name is Tego Calderon and the winner for the "it defeats the purpose of an alias" award goes to Hanley Ramirez who uses the alias Eminem.
   9. Baseballs Most Beloved Figure Posted: April 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM (#4106351)
#5. Is there anything wrong with that? A coach or manager needs to determine who is hurt and who is actually injured.
   10. Darren Posted: April 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM (#4106370)
I see "my gut says" and "expects" as reasonably close in meaning. Both imply that it's his opinion and that it's likely.
   11. The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM (#4106389)
PF, you're definitely right about wanting to see him stay emotionally. And the casual fan likely feels that way far more strongly than the more analytical fan. Wright leaving will be taken as a huge sign that the Wilpons are still running things on a shoestring and that there is no foreseeable hope for the team. Without reading TFA, it sure looks to me like Megdal is underestimating the power of that motivation to the owners (although obviously at the end of the day, if they feel like they simply cannot afford to re-sign him, they won't.)

As for how much $, it's tough for me to say, because I haven't been following the market all that closely but I know there have been some big deals recently. I see Brandon Phillips got $72.5M/6 yr. That'd be fine, but don't you figure David Wright (especially considering the flip side of what I described in the first paragraph -- Wright has power in a negotiation with the Mets that he wouldn't elsewhere...) gets a lot more than Brandon Phillips? Maybe not, I dunno. Naturally, David's season this year will make a huge difference.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: April 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM (#4106400)
It's almost silly to talk about now. In terms of contract comps, he could be anywhere from Beltre's $100 million to a show-me $10 million single year, depending on this year's results.
   13. bobm Posted: April 14, 2012 at 01:34 AM (#4106418)
Instead, they issued a public statement that made it clear any absence by Wright is Wright’s decision alone. He can, in their words, “return to baseball activity as tolerated.”

Manager Terry Collins has reiterated that he hopes and expects Wright to play against the Phillies on Friday.

The more things change...

They're calling it cramps ... surgery on Thursday.
- Jerry Manuel

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