I read over at the bullpen that David Wright cleared waivers.
Reversing an earlier position I held........I would put in a claim on him.
Here is my resoning.
1.) If the Mets just let him go for nothing....hey, it's only money, ownership money, and the team won't have given up any prospects. Yes he's owed another 16 million next year (15 + 1 mil buyout if option not exercised), but then he is a FA and the dollar commitment ends. (And you get a draft pic when he walks if current system stays intact)
2.) He has hit well since coming back on July 22, .298/.355/.484, including 8 doubles and 5 homers among his 37 hits, indicating he is healthy
3.) He can start at 3rd, move Roberts to 2nd, but they could also use him at first if Goldschmidt can't adjust and make more consistent contact.
4.) It's the closest thing to an impact move to upgrade the offense they can make and will energize the fan base and increase attendance, not to mention increasing the chances of making the playoffs and actually getting more than one home playoff game.
Extra revenue will help offset a little of his cost.
5.) Playing home games in Chase Field will probably give his power numbers a boost. If the team turned out to be sellers next year, he could be a valuable trade chip with a revitalized value. (not being a pessimist, just weighing potential benefits)
6.) As Qudjy pointed out over at the bullpen, they will have to plug a hole at either 2b or 3b next year anyway, and have to spend at least SOME money on that hole, so that should discount against Wrights cost in this calculation.
I know spending that kind of money is unlikely......but this is EXACTLTY the type of situation where it makes sense to spend money to WIN NOW......it's not a long term commitment and you don't have to give up talent.
If the Mets don't just let him go, and the team needs to talk trade.....then they simply bargain, offer a low tier prospect and demand the mets eat salary to take him on.
I'd suggest they go for it.