2005-12-09 / Sports

The Wright Moves For Mets’ David

By Joe McDonald Sports Columnist

David Wright has seen the ups and downs at Shea Stadium and with the Mets recent trade for first baseman Carlos Delgado and signing closer Billy Wagner, the young third baseman likes the direction the team is heading.

“Getting two guys of that caliber is great,” Wright said in a phone interview today. “I said all along - and I haven’t been on the team the longest - I saw what it’s not suppose to be like my like my first half of a year and last year you could see this organization is going in the right direction. Trading for a guy like Carlos Delgado and signing a guy like Billy Wagner, shows what it takes as an organization to win baseball games.”

The slugging first baseman was acquired from the Florida Marlins last week for first baseman Mike Jacobs and minor leagues Yusmeiro Petit and Grant Psomas. Even though Wright came up through the system, he has no problems seeing some of his former teammates moved for a player of Delgado’s character. “With Omar [Minaya], he is not afraid to pull the trigger,” Wright said. “You hate to lose two guys from your system, but getting a guy like Carlos Delgado, who is a run producer and proven year-in and year-out that he can put up amazing numbers is a great trade for us. Getting him is what your minor league system is supposed to do.”

In his first full year in the big leagues, Wright hit .306 with 27 home runs and 103 RBI. With Delgado in the lineup, the soon to be 23 year-old can expect to get better pitches to hit. He feels the first baseman improves the whole lineup and he can be helped no matter where he is hitting in relation to the former Marlin.

The third baseman said, “Hitting behind him, a pitcher may give 100 percent effort to a Carlos Delgado and the lose focus after that. Having him in your lineup, pitchers will always think about him, so they may take his mind of you.” It’s obvious what impact Delgado will have on Wright, but the Mets’ young star also feels Wagner will make a difference. “Picking up Billy Wagner is tremendous,” Wright thought. “We saw him a couple of times last year and I don’t like facing him as hitter. Getting a guy like that after the eighth inning, it’s game over.” Wright did credit last year’s closer Braden Looper for pitching hurt, but he knows Wagner is in a class by himself.

“When you look up at that scoreboard and see triple digits, that’s a good start,” Wright said. “He can pretty much throw a fastball by anyone in the league. And his slider looks like a fastball, but then will bury into your back foot. He just has two great pitches and when you can light-up radar gun, it makes it no fun as a hitter.”

There will be more moves to come, but with these two players, Wright is very comfortable going into 2006.

“These expectations are showing we don’t want to get to the playoffs every year; we want to go to the World Series every year,” Wright said. “Omar is doing a great job fitting these pieces together.”

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