The Hot Stove League is officially heating up. For some teams that means making careful plans for upgrading their roster based off thoughtful planning and complex research. Others, well, they just hope to use hocum and misdirection. Take for example the New York Mets:
In other words, if the Mets could find the young, defensive-oriented center fielder they crave plus an arm or two in exchange for [David] Wright, they will seriously consider it.
Or maybe you like this similar story from a different paper:
A National League executive who has spoken with Sandy Alderson recently told The News last week that the GM would have to be “bowled over” to deal Wright before next season, and a Mets person predicted that Wright’s situation would remain “status quo” until then.
Oh, you silly Mets and your not-so-subtle sales tactics. It is an age old trick used in baseball trades for decades: if you have a player with declining value, just go to the media and try and conjure up some fake v...