One high-ranking front office insider said that, when Citi Field’s new dimensions were being considered, “there was a lot of discussion about Wright,” and how it would help him. Wright hit 14 home runs last season, in an injury-shortened year. The Mets expect the new homer-friendlier field to boost his value far higher than it is right now. The team’s top decision-makers view it as illogical to deal Wright before he has the chance to benefit from the alterations.
I’ve said almost this same exact thing here before, but again: This, so hard.
If the Mets believe the Citi Field walls had some effect on their hitters beyond those that can be measured — the psychological or mechanical ones so often suggested, for example — then it makes no sense to trade the hitter most obviously impacted by those walls before he can even play in the reconfigured stadium.
For a long time I was convinced David Wright’s struggles from 2009-2011 had nothing to do with Citi Field. I pointed to the park factor and his home-road splits and various injuries. And I’m still open to the possibility that it’s just a massive coincidence that as soon as Citi Field opened Wright went all weird offensively.
But I mean, look at the back of the baseball card. Wright was amazingly consistent from 2005 to 2008. There’s no obvious reason he should suddenly lose his power and start striking out way more at age 26. And don’t tell me it’s the Matt Cain fastball, either — Wright was having a very strange 2009 long before that happened.
Trading Wright this offseason makes so little sense for so many reasons. It’s bizarre that it keeps coming up.