Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Joel Sherman’s article in the New York Post this morning (click here to read in full) is likely to generate a lot of buzz as it focuses primarily on the Mets apparent willingness to discuss David Wright in trade talks this offseason.  According to Sherman:

Word continues to circulate in baseball circles that the Mets will be willing to discuss David Wright in trades this offseason as part of a complete facelift/rebuild away from Wright and Jose Reyes.

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“We will listen on Wright for sure,” a Mets official told me during the week. “We know we are not going to win it all in 2012. We have to hope the Phillies get old and we are in position to take advantage of that in 2013-14, and we have to figure out ways to speed the process to get there.”

In other words, if the Mets could find the young, defensive-oriented center fielder they crave plus an arm or two in exchange for Wright, they will seriously consider it.”

While this is not something that we haven’t heard before it seems like we are hearing it with a little more frequency these days.  Andy Martino of the New York Post wrote the other day that the Mets would be reluctant to deal Wright this offseaoson because a half season in the new Citi Field could raise his home run total and trade value for a more likely deal at the All-Star break.

As we reported on Wright last week, Mets will listen this winter, but Citi changes major factor in why Mets ppl say likely "status quo." 56 minutes ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @SurfingTheMets Andy Martino

The thing is, other executives around the league probably don’t NEED to see Wright hit 15 home runs at the new Citi Field to know he can do it.  They are aware of how the stadium has limited his production because they see it first hand when their team travels to Queens.  I’m sure that rival execs, much like the Mets, are predicting that these changes will help Wright (I mean we all measure with the same ruler), so why wouldn’t they try to beat the rush and get their best offer in first?  It would be one thing if Wright was some flash in the pan that GM’s around the league were unsure of, but he’s a known commodity and a few months of heightened production isn’t likely to change their opinion of the 28-year-old, one way or the other.

The Rockies have been known to have a good deal of interest in Wright in the past but Sherman outlines the Los Angeles Angels as a potential trade partner for New York should they decide to deal their 5-time All-Star:

But Bourjos is a possibility. Two different talent evaluators told me they thought Bourjos was one of the three best defensive center fielders in the majors last year. Bourjos, who turns 25 in March, also hit .271 with 12 homers and 22 steals. If the Mets are able to get Bourjos and one or two arms from a group that includes Tyler Chatwood, Garrett Richards and John Hellweg, it could be enticing because there also would be a significant amount of saved money for 2012 — take your pick if that ends up in ownerships’ pockets or reinvested in payroll.”

At this point I’m torn between what I want to happen and what I think might need to happen.  I WANT the Mets to have the payroll necessary to lock up Reyes and Wright for another 5 years, even if it means overpaying.  That appears to a fantasy given how ownership and the Metsecutives have approached things this past year and so all options have to be explored, even if they’re unpopular and somewhat foreign to fans.  I mean if you would have told me a few years ago that the Mets wouldn’t have had the financial means to keep their two best players I would have asked a simple question “Did the team move to Oakland?”

If the reality is that the Mets now have to change the way the franchise is run then I won’t be surprised to see a change in the face of that franchise.  The question is, with a less recognizable and more cost effective ‘face’ leading this team moving forward, what will happen to attendance?  Sherman’s source makes it sound like the team is not looking at 2012 as a season where they will have a realistic shot to win anything.  I tend to agree with that assessment but Sandy Alderson made it a point to let people know that the club is not giving up next year, even if they don’t bring back Jose Reyes.

Alderson: "We're not going to punt 2012 if Jose doesn't re-sign." October 31, 2011 12:35 pm via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin

Action, however, speaks louder than words (I read that somewhere once) and I wholeheartedly echo what Rubin tweeted this morning.

The thing is, you can level with #Mets fans. They're smart. They'll watch rebuilding. But don't tell them you're "not punting" 2012 then. about 2 hours ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin

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