In an interview with the New Yorker (read the whole thing, it’s great), he makes a comment about David Wright’s struggles and what he thinks of him as a player. It’s not really something that a player would want to hear from an owner’s mouth.
“He’s pressing,” Wilpon said of Wright. “A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
That’s shocking to hear. Yes, Wright isn’t playing well so far this year and is hitting just .226, but he puts up really nice numbers every season. Since coming into the league in 2004, he averages 27 bombs and 106 RBI’s per year. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
Some have speculated that maybe Wilpon is posturing and that he’s planning on trading the 28-year old 3B at some point. But if that’s the case, wouldn’t you hype him up and not degrade his trade value? One would think.
He made other comments in the article about other players like Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, so Wright probably won’t be the only player that gets tweaked.