An opposing general manager was recently talking up the Mets. He loved their pitching possibilities already in the majors, still in the minors and currently on the DL (Matt Harvey).

“It’s real,” the executive said.

He praised Dilson Herrera, Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Plawecki as credible position prospects growing toward the majors.

Then he said this: “You know what I worry about some with them? When they are ready to really contend next year or the year after, do they have a No. 3 hitter? Because all these years we assumed they had a No. 3 hitter, that was the one item they have spent real money on, but I wonder if by the time they are who they want to be if David Wright will still be what they need him to be.”

Essentially have the Mets wasted the prime of arguably their best homegrown position player ever with bad teams, bad finances and by constructing a stadium that diluted his power?

Wright was summoned to the majors a decade ago this month and – back then – it was possible to believe the good times would keep rolling. In Wright’s first full season, 2005, the Mets won 83 games, they had the best record in the NL the following season and – even with collapses at the end of 2007 and 2008 – the Mets were contenders to the end. In that period, you didn’t yet know who Bernie Madoff was and the Mets behaved like a big-market team.

But in 2009, Citi Field opened and the winning ended. And here, a decade into his career, Wright is sitting still on that one playoff appearance, now eight seasons ago.