“I came here to woo her, and by gum, woo her I will”.
- Cory Matthews
According to Kevin Kernan of the NY Post David Wright has talked to and exchanged text messages with Michael Bourn in order to convince him to join the orange and blue. Wright made his best pitch to Bourn saying,
“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright said after his first early workout at the Mets’ spring training complex.
“I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and I told him, ‘You’re always in the right place at the right time, your work counts,’ ’’ Wright said. “I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game and have always kind of chatted with him when he gets to third base.
“I just feel he’s a hard-nosed player. I wanted to be there to answer any question he might have and let him know that with some of the young arms that we have and the young talent we have, we are not far off.’’
You think David wants some help in that lineup? Wright has been a very loyal propaganda tool for the Mets his whole career, always saying the right thing, never finding himself in a bad situations, and trying to shed a positive spin on any, and all, moves the Mets moves regardless of how blatantly bad they are. I like David going public with these comments and creating an additional touch of pressure. It is not ground breaking for the star player of a team to try and convince a free-agent to sign with a team, but when it seems like Wright is trying to say, “I know we are rebuilding but now that I am onboard for the long-term give me someone to work with”.
I am sure the last few years have been tough on David. He could have easily waited to get his money from a who has been competitive the last few years, but he choose to stay in New York. Now this is “his” team and a repeat of 2012 is unacceptable. Bourn fills major needs for the Mets in the outfield and as a leadoff hitter and should come at fair-to-below market value.
It feels like the Mets interest in Bourn is legit and the draft pick is the only barrier standing in the way. However, if I am the Mets I think I make the move regardless. The fans need to feel like the major league team is not being forgotten about and that is way more important than one pick in the crap shoot known as the MLB draft. If the MLB rules to allow the Mets to keep their 1st round pick and give up the 2nd it should just be icing on the cake.
It is time for Sandy to show David and the Mets fans that the next step is on the horizon and the team will be competing in the near future once again.