NEW YORK (WFAN) — Contrary to a report coming out of Colorado, WFAN’s Jon Heyman says that David Wright was never claimed off waivers by the Rockies.
He was placed on waivers, said Heyman, but cleared “a few weeks back.”
Troy Renck of the Denver Post wrote on Wednesday that the Mets recently placed their All-Star third baseman on waivers. Renck reported “it was unclear” who was awarded the claim on Wright, though the Rockies — among other teams — gave it a shot.
The Mets, according to Renck, told teams that Wright wouldn’t be moved.
Considering it’s routine for teams to place their stars on waivers and later pull them back — or have them clear — what’s the big deal?
The Mets could use the process as a way to procure a list of interested teams — and that could be used as a starting point for future trade talks.
Renck took it one step further, considering the Mets’ financial situation and their coming offseason pursuit of soon-to-be free agent Jose Reyes.
“Talking to multiple executives,” wrote Renck, “there remains a chance that Wright might become available if the team re-signs shortstop Jose Reyes at top dollar.”
We’ve heard that before. One MLB scout told the New York Daily News in late May: “Really, there are only a couple of shortstops in baseball that are on Reyes’ level, and Sandy (Alderson) is all about value, so I think when it comes down to it, he’d rather re-sign Reyes and trade Wright.”
“I think it’s well documented that I enjoy playing here. I really love playing baseball in New York and hope I can do that for a long time,” Wright said after the Daily News published its report. “Unfortunately some of that is out of my hands. If something happens I would be disappointed, but, at the same time, it’s something I can’t control.”
The Mets declined comment on Wright’s waiver situation Thursday, according to Newsday.
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