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Cubs Should Consider David Wright for Third Base: Fan’s Take
Could slugger David Wright(notes) fill a big void at third base for the Chicago Cubs? If current third baseman Aramis Ramirez(notes) leaves, then the Cubs have that void to fill. David Wright, currently of the New York Mets, would make a terrific replacement.
MLB Network analyst and former Cubs closer Mitch Williams said that the Mets may look to move Wright and his $15 million salary during this offseason. He will be 29 years old throughout the 2012 season, and a new scene could spark a return to his form of 2010 in which he hit .283 with 29 home runs and 103 RBI playing half his games in a very large Citi Field. Just two years before, Wright hit even better (.302, 33 HR, 124 RBI) in Shea Stadium's final year.
Wright played in only 102 games in 2011 and did not produce like he usually does, but his track record and age indicate that he will produce again next season. Project his 14 home runs and 61 RBI in 389 at bats out to his normal number of at bats (approximately 585), and he has 21 home runs and 92 RBI. That is below his normal performance, but more than the Cubs' minor leaguers have shown.
Mitch Williams made a case for bringing Wright to Chicago's north side. To paraphrase, Williams said that Wright could play a steady third base and launch balls out onto Waveland Avenue every day; he just needs that change of scenery. A healthy David Wright would go on a tear in Wrigley Field especially when the wind blows out.
The main negative is the $15 million salary. Since the Cubs would have paid Ramirez $16 million, then they would basically trade salaries. However, it is tough to replace Ramirez's production (.306, 26 HR, 93 RBI) at third base. David Wright normally has similar statistics, but he strikes out a lot more. Hitting home runs and driving in runs will make up for that. Defensively, Wright and Ramirez both make many errors, so there is little difference between them. Finally, Wright is guaranteed through only 2012, but the team has the option for 2013 at $16 million.
The Cubs need pitching, but they also need to replace Aramis Ramrez's production should he leave. David Wright has had some big seasons for the Mets, and Wright in Wrigley Field could make a sputtering offense more interesting. If the Mets do make Wright available, then the Cubs would do well to go after him.
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MLB Network Broadcast, Hot Stove, November 7, 2011.com
Raymond grew up in Florida and began watching the Cubs on WGN in 1982. He became a fan in 1984 when Ryne Sandberg hit the two famous game-tying home runs off Cardinals closer and former Cub Bruce Sutter. Raymond then solidified his team loyalty when the Cubs won the division later that season and has been a fan ever since.
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