The Questions David Wright Should Have Asked The Mets

David Wright spoke of a new day at his press conference yesterday, saying: “There’s a hundred different factors that went into this decision. But before any of them could be taken into consideration, number one had to be that commitment to winning. And, I got the answers that I wanted to hear.”

WRIGHT: What is he thinking?

Oh, to be a fly on that wall. I wonder what questions Wright asked and what the Wilpon’s answers were. Wright didn’t say, but if I were him these are the questions I would ask:

1) “I am staying, which saves you from taking a PR hit. I am deferring money, so how are you going to spend it?”

2) O.K., you got a break in the Madoff case. How long will that continue to be a factor in not getting players to help me?”

3) “What is going on with R.A. Dickey? You do realize our pitching isn’t all that great to begin with and will be worse if he leaves, so are you going to sign him?”

4) “We all know Johan (Santana) is gone after this year, so how are you going to spend that $25 million in 2014?”

5) “We were eight games over .500 in the first half, but did nothing at the trade deadline. Why should I believe things will be any different this time around?”

6) “What took you so long to get rid of Oliver Perez and Jason Bay?”

7) “I hear Ike Davis might be on the block. True or not?”

8) Do you see the same concerns at catcher, the outfield and bullpen that I do?”

9) “If we’re a big market team, then how come the Washington Nationals are getting players to come to them?”

10) “You want me to recruit free agents. Well, what should I tell them that would make them want to come here?”

Wright will be one of those rare players who’ll spend his career with one team. After this deal is up, there’s no way he’ll go anywhere else. He’ll retire and become a team ambassador. He’ll show up at charity events like he does now and represent the front office in other capacities. Who knows, maybe he’ll invest some of those dollars in a minority ownership if the Wilpons are still selling them.

I doubt Wright asked any of those questions, even if they were on his mind. He said Jeff Wilpon’s tone and the look in his eyes seemed sincere. Well, sincerity doesn’t win championships. Actions do. Wright made a commitment to the Mets and their fan base.

In part, the Wilpons made a commitment to the fans by retaining Wright. But even with him, this is the same team that finished 14 games below .500. The commitment by the Wilpons and management needs to be greater.

Maybe they don’t have to have a $150 million payroll again, but $90 to $100 million won’t cut it in New York. The commitment by the Wilpons to the Mets fan base must be greater than that of their third baseman.

6 thoughts on “The Questions David Wright Should Have Asked The Mets

  1. From what I read he did ask these questions. Specifically #9. My understanding is that this year will be a wash. That they will go after free agents next year. They need to build from within. It has started with the pitching. If things break right the second wave will be coming. This means Wheeler will replace Johan. It means Mejia, Familia et al will be in the pen in some capacity.

    We have some players at the A level which will take some time to bubble up. We need OF’s and will have to go outside to get them as what we have is 2-4 years away.

    • we have some players at the A level. Gee where have we heard this line of u no what before. Oh yeah every Winter from that rotten GM. Hey, if you are right and they are going to spend next year, why is Wright only making 8 mil in 13. sounds like some more Alderson lies. amazin how the kool aide never wears off.

      • It is what it is.

        There is little talent in AAA or AA for OF

        There are a few that might help like Den Dekker

        He can play D but needs to hit.

        We have a few we drafted in the last few years but they need to play their way up

        At least we drafted OF which is a start.

        I am not saying Sandy is the best thing since sliced bread, but he seems a straight shooter.

        He is not saying we will win every year when he knows we won’t. He is not giving stupid contracts to broken players every year and the players seem to move up the system or not based on performance and not PR. We also don’t have a minor league coordinator who rips his shirt off to fight our players.

    • dave: I think the Wilpons glossed over some of these issues, and never touched on a few others. I don’t know for sure. … Building from within is the way to go, but those A level prospects are still three years away. Until they get here, the need to go the FA route.-JD

      • Absolutely which is why I don’t think this year will be much

        It will be about Harvey proving he belongs and waiting for Wheeler.

        The rest will be team play and winning the old fashion way.

  2. Nathan: There’s a reason why there are several levels of minor league ball. Who can really say if an A level star will make it? There are thousands of studs in the minor leagues that never made it big. The most successful franchises generally are built from within, but there are three ways to build: farm, trades and FA. Winning teams need all three and aren’t reliant on just one.-JD