Posts Tagged ‘Paul LoDuca’


Metsblog-  Paul Lo Duca said, on LoudMouths, that the Mets should trade David Wright in an effort to get younger.

“The Mets need to go back to square one, go back to their roots, go to younger players,” Lo Duca said. “If that means to trade David, that means to trade David.”

Lo Duca said that the team has young phenoms in Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, and they should use them as the new cornerstones of the organization, instead of the older Wright.

“Listen, he’s one of my better friends, I love the guy. But they built a ballpark that’s not for him and that’s your franchise player,” Lo Duca said. “I thought that maybe they should have moved on with him a little bit and then went the pitching route.”

Wright is hitting .285 with a .342 OBP this season, with four home runs and 32 RBI.

“When [Harvey] gets healthy, they have the makings of a tremendous pitching staff and a tremendous bullpen, but I think they need to start back from the ground up, instead of just concentrating on going 81-81 every year,” the former All-Star catcher said.

Lo Duca advocated calling up younger players and seeing what they can do on the field, instead of bringing in veteran players.

I was a fan of LoDuca during his time with the Mets in the mid-2000’s.  He was a gritty leader that performed very well for my favorite Mets team ever.  However, once the team decided to part ways with LoDuca, he has been an outspoken critic against the organization.  While some of it may be sour grapes, he is also a lifelong Mets fan that has suffered along with the rest of us the last 8+ seasons.  However, he is also a new horse racing analyst for and is making his rounds to promote his gig.  So he may be trying out the old “no press is bad press” theory.

Anyway, regardless of LoDuca’s motives, I just don’t see how trading David Wright would make the Mets a better team.  They are stocked with young pitching with a glaring need for offense and veteran leadership.  Wright is the best player the Mets have to fill those needs.  Wright is also a known commodity, unlike most young hitting prospects that Wright could potentially be traded for.  One quick glance at the Mets record books shows how well the Mets have done grooming and developing their own offensive talent.  Most of the players in the record books were acquired via trade or free agency.  I also think the Mets are very close to being a serious contender in the National League.  If their young pitching continues to prove itself in the big leagues, the only thing missing from the Mets being in contention are a few bats.  Trading a reliable player at the tail end of his prime for younger, unknown talent strikes me as unwise.  Instead, I think the Mets should trade some of their young talent for established major leaguers, even if some of those players have warts on or off the field.  Mets fans are ready to win now with their homegrown team captain, not down the road with a group of prospects that may bust before they make it to The Show.  I loved hearing LoDuca on KFC Radio a few weeks ago, but I think I have to disagree with Paulie on this one.