The Mets, still reeling with financial issues, recently laid off 10-percent of their front office staff. So Harriet the secretary pulling in 24 thousand or Ethan in media relations pulling in 20-grand or so are out of work.
Meanwhile, the Mets are paying players a lot of money to under perform. Money they don't have. They are looking for minority investors, trying to raise 30-million or so. It's a bad situation and I feel for the "little" people who the team found expendable yet they have no issues paying Jason Bay 18-million this past year to hit 12 homers with a .245 average.
They also have a dilemma at third base. Do you keep David Wright, who will make 15-million next season, or do you trade him to save on the payroll and get prospects and cheaper players in return?
The Mets are even bringing in the fences at Citi Field to help Wright, the face of the franchise and the rest of the team hit more home runs. On a side note, I would advise the contractors in charge of erecting the new fences to get paid up front.
It is no secret the Rockies need a third baseman. As I've written before, I would ante up and sign free agent Aramis Ramirez to man the Colorado hot corner. However, I would also make a bid to get Wright. He's younger than Ramirez (Wright will be 29 next season, Ramirez 34) and he's a guy who has marketability. From all indications Wright is a good egg and will fit in nicely in the Rockies clubhouse.
Despite some injury issues the past few seasons, when healthy Wright is one of the best third basemen in baseball. Pricey yes. Risky? A little. Anytime you pay a guy 15-million there is a risk. But worth it? If he plays up to his potential, yes. I'm not sure the Rockies though want to take on a salary the size of Wright's.