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Former players: Mets should trade David Wright

David Wright looks on from the dugout in

David Wright looks on from the dugout in the fourth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Sept. 20, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Should the Mets move the face of their franchise for the sake of their franchise?

Both the Mets and David Wright have expressed a desire to continue their union when the star third baseman's current contract ends after the 2013 season. But the possibility that Wright could be traded for a package of prospects will remain a real one until the ink dries on any new deal.

Current MLB Network analysts -- and former players -- Bill Ripken and Mitch Williams think the Mets would be wise to move Wright.

"I'm not looking at this team to win next year or the year after, and if this guy can be moved and you can get some pieces back, some good, solid young talent, you almost have to look at the idea," Ripken said on Tuesday's edition of MLB Tonight.

More than merely looking "at the idea" of trading Wright, Williams doubled down on Ripken's statement.

"I think they need to trade him," Williams said. "...You might be able to compete in the East if you got some young guys back. Having David Wright there with what they have now, I don't believe they can compete."

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