Greater Future Impact: Reyes or Wright?

By / May 4, 2011 / 2011 Season

With New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes becoming a free agent at the end of this season, sports writers, bloggers, and fans everywhere are wondering where the, quite possibly, currently most entertaining player will end up.

I posed a question on the CFoD fan page on Facebook of who the fans feel has a bigger impact on this team: David Wright or Reyes. While Wright certainly appears to be the current face of this franchise, would Reyes be a better bet for the future? Is being “a face” that important?

Wright offers health and could be a great hitter if he could remain a little more consistent. However, that slack could be, and currently has been, picked up by Ike Davis who has clearly shown the power he has. Comparing the two numbers wise:

  • Wright: .254 BA, 16 RBI, 5 HR, 7 2B, .354 OBP,  and 32 SO
  • Davis: .314 BA, 22 RBI, 6 HR, 8 2B, .398 OBP, and 25 SO

The numbers are close, with the exception of the batting average.

There is also the defense element or rather the lack thereof. A number of sports writers and fans who keep speaking about Wright’s defense leaving something to be desired. I have to admit that there have been quite a few games where he is throwing to first where I hold my breath and pray he doesn’t overthrow the ball. Could he improve? At 28 years old, possibly.

Now think about Reyes. He brings so much more the table. When Reyes is at the plate, fans get excited just because of what he could do on the bases. At the speed he runs, you have to wonder if his feet are even hitting the ground. He can turn doubles into triples and triples into an in the park home run. He steals bases with the best of them having only been caught one time. He is currently at 11 and it is only May.

He only has 11 strikeouts, 10 doubles and two triples which will undoubtedly go up. If you want to talk batting average, how does .325 strike you? These are all great numbers for a lead-off hitter. While Angel Pagan has become among the fan favorites, he could be a lead-off guy, but you cannot compare him to Reyes. He is the only player who can fill that number one spot. If he gets one base, he immediately puts the team in a position to strike first in any game.

Reyes is the true catalyst of this team now and in the future.

The number one argument that you can make about him: health. He has a poor health history with this team. You can say that he is healthy, but for how long?

Taking all of these factors into account, who do you choose? My decision is made. Mets GM, Sandy Alderson, could dump payroll by trading Wright and use that money to re-sign Reyes.

What is your decision?

Here is what some fans on the CFoD fan page had to say:

Alan L.: I would have to say Reyes he brings more to the game.

Erich W.: Wright is more stable, has always been healthy, and still produces decent numbers. although Wright may have more trade value at this time it all depends on who we are getting for the respective player…

Jon L. M.: Wright is easier to replace than Reyes. Good shortstops and lead-off hitters are far more valuable than third basemen. When you factor in Wright’s strikeout propensity over the last three seasons, it makes it easy.

Allen S: Ouch a tough question! Both bring different things to the table a great lead off man can set the table for the run producers like Wright. But u would be losing a 100 RBI in Wright. I would find a way to keep both.

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