Picture this: The Mets have signed Frazier, and plan for him to be in the hot corner for the next two years. David Wright, who now no longer has the pressure of being the everyday third baseman, performs well in Spring Training, and is healthy enough to start the year with the Mets. Not only that, he gets off to a hot start.
What do you do?
Sure, there is a lot, and I mean A LOT of wishful thinking here. The chances of Wright being ready to break camp with the Mets is probably less than 15%, and the chances of him preforming well are even less.
That being said, this is Baseball, and David Wright is still the captain, so what would you do?
Surely a captain with a resume as big as David Wright’s wouldn’t rot on the bench if he deserved playing time, would he?
Well, there is a precedent to this.
You may remember Jason Vartiek, a life-long Red Sox catcher, and the last ever captain to wear a “C” on his chest. Varitek, like Wright, was beloved by home town fans, and, after the Red Sox went out and signed Victor Martinez in 2010, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in 2011, Varitek stayed aboard as the backup, guiding the pitching staff with his words of wisdom, and when his contract was up, he announced his retirement.
Now, will David Wright stay with the Mets for another four years? Probably not, but it isn’t a crazy idea for him to be that clubhouse leader, or player/manager type guy. Of course, a clubhouse leader is not worth 20 million, but if he is determined to stick around, I firmly believe he will always have a place on the Mets roster.