Wright to Phillies rumor catching fire


Could David Wright be on his way out of New York? (umpbump.com)

Happy Holidays everyone!

On Christmas weekend, there has been an interesting rumor floating around Philadelphia that seems almost to good to be true. It is not the first time the rumor has been a hot topic on Philadelphia baseball blogs and probably won’t be the last, either. It really seems unrealistic, but … is David Wright going to become a Phillie some day soon?

I cannot see any way in which the Mets give up a player they have been marketing as the face of their franchise to their divisional archrival. A move such as this would not only make the Phillies stronger, but also would be guaranteed to cause much resentment and backlash from the Mets’ fanbase.

In Philadelphia, one position that could use an upgrade is third base, and upgrading to a player the caliber of Wright would be a dream scenario for Philadelphia. Throw in the fact Wright is in the prime of his career and seems as if he would fit in with a team in Philadelphia full of veteran players, and there is a no doubt the Phillies should pull the trigger on this move.

The rumor was first reported in October, but was not looked at realistically. Then this weekend, the Internet was going wild with speculation of a trade that would include top prospect Domonic Brown, Vance Worley, and perhaps pitching prospect Phillippe Aumont. The source of the rumor is a Philadelphia blog called Philly Phans, which usually is very accurate. The blog has even sent out a tweet regarding the rumor, saying they will close their site if the rumor is false because their source is that reliable.

If these rumors turn out to be true, a statue may have to be put up for Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro. Wright always has been respected by the Phillies fans. It would not be as hard to picture Wright in Phillies red as it would other recent Mets, such as Jose Reyes. Wright would become an instant fan favorite.

Again, this is all speculation, and simply is just a rumor now. But it still is great to have baseball on people’s minds on a day (Christmas) that is usually dominated by other sports (basketball, or football).

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  1. How? By being in denial about how much Phillipe Aumont, Domonic Brown, and Worley are worth? Come on man, we’re not going to get better trading peas and carrots. We have to give up something and that’s not THAT much for a guy who’s gonna give you grit, power, and class. I’m a Phillies fan through and through but I respect Wright as a ballplayer. 

  2. Alarmingly low on Brown? I don’t know about that. I’d give up Brown in a heart beat for Wright. He has MAJOR holes in his swing. We’ll see how he looks next year but right now he’s all tools. The Phillies are in win now mode. Let’s be serious, they’re screwed after this era anyway, unless they are willing to blow a lot of money in the draft. I’ll give up an unknown for an under-30 sure thing ANYDAY. Especially when this team’s downfall is its lack of power and timely hits. And as for Wright declining, you try playing for the Mets. The guy has this look on his face like “Get me out of here. If I stare directly at Justin Turner any longer my head will explode.” Yet, the guy never says as much. He’s a classy dude and I would imagine playing for the Phillies would energize and inspire him. Look at how much fun Pence had when he came over. Not to mention he’d lose an awful lot of pressure. I’d love to have him. Either way go Phils.    

  3. If you could get him at that price why the hell wouldn’t you pull the trigger on it now? This team’s getting old fast and this move would put them in MUCH better position to contend this year. Imagine what a playoff race would do to revitalize/energize Wright. I love talking about WAR but not everything’s measured in numbers. 

  4. I should also note, you can likely get Wright after the 2012 season (when they can decline Polly’s option) when Wright’s a Free Agent. Should he continue to struggle in NY his price should be pretty reasonable. Plus he won’t have cost you a likely All Star Left Fielder, your #4 starter and your future closer (all to a division rival, no less). 

  5. In all fairness, David Wright has also sucked at staying on the field the last few years. That’s why his WAR is what it is.

  6. I’m not sure replacing a third baseman who is showing serious signs of decline in performance and having injury trouble with a more expensive third baseman who is showing signs of decline in performance and having injury trouble is a great idea.  It seems like an even worse idea when you consider they’d be selling alarming low on Brownie.  I like moving Worley now, while his value is as high as it’ll ever be, but not in a move like this. 

  7. Work environments and having to be “the guy” have negligible effects, if any at all, on how a player performs. David Wright’s performance has been subpar because David Wright’s performance has been subpar. There’s not much else to be said about it.

    And how exactly do you compare adding a fourth pitch to a repertoire to changing ballparks? They’re not even close to the same thing.

  8. It’s not true that we have no farm system right now. But continuing to give away our top prospects will eventually get us to that point. I would entertain a trade for Wright, but trading prospects is not like getting something for nothing. The idea that Nix is in anyway a good replacement for Brown is ridiculous and completely misses where Brown’s value to the organization lies.

  9. Gotta reject the WAR argument with regard to Wright. I think he’s been hurt by a toxic environment in NY and the ridiculous ballpark they’ve built.  He’s been pressing for 5 years and has a great shot at outperforming his recent track record.  Like Hamels a few years ago, I think he’ll be way better when he doesn’t have to be the guy. You can make the change in ballpark analogous to Hamels’ cutter, if you like.  

    Regarding the trade, we have no farm system right now, so I guess we should just go all in on this strategy.  The trade hurts our depth in the OF and at SP, while greatly improving it in the infield.  It’s a plus in re-balancing offense vs pitching.  OF depth is the easiest to come by and was addressed quite well in Nix and so forth.   

  10. I love Polanco but he is getting old fast. He has had trouble staying on the field for teh past few seasons and even though he is a consistent hitter with a great approach at the plate I think bringing Wright to an offensive stadium like CPB would be a major improvement.  Bottom line is I will take a 29 year old Wright over a 36 year old Polanco any day but thanks for the input. Its hard to argue against your WAR proof.

  11. Polanco is a better player than David Wright, at the very least, they’re interchangeable, and my proof is facts. WAR last 3 seasons:
    Wright: 3.6, 4.0, 1.9
    Polly: 3.3, 3.9, 2.8

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