NEW YORK -- It is easy to understand where the Mets are coming from this week, as they attempt to sign David Wright to an enormous long-term contract. The least painful option, the path of least resistance, is to find a way to make Wright a Met for life -- however many years and dollars that may mean.
But one doesn't become a Major League general manager by taking the path of least resistance. That chair is reserved for people willing to make difficult, even wrenching decisions. For the Mets, the nearly impossible choice would be the correct one: trade their franchise player, now, in order to get on with reconstructing their roster.