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With the World Series matchup now settled and the Cardinals back in it again, my mind wanders back to 2006 NLCS when these same Cardinals beat the Mets. Aside from getting sick, it makes me think what is it going to take to get the Mets back to the doorstep of the World Series and maybe, god willing, into it. Well it all starts this offseason. Now by no means do I think the Mets will contend for a World Series in 2012, but there are several steps that could be put into place to get us further down the road. Now of course these are just what I wish can happen and some may seem farfetched, but that is why it is a wish right?
One: Resign Jose Reyes
This is above all else, is the priority of the offseason. Reyes has been the Mets best player, and quite frankly was the only reason fans went to the ballpark the last month or so (at least for me it was). He is exciting, talented, and coming into the prime of his career. Yes the injury risk is there, but the positives outweigh the negatives...
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Interesting insight about Jose Reyes from New York Mets Beat Reporter Rich Coutinho:
I don’t know about you, but I’m nervous. When that week or month of negotiations with Reyes begins, it’s gonna be pretty exhilarating. Rumors are going to be everywhere, almost all of them untrue. No one will know where he is going until that last moment when the deal is signed.
The New York...
“[Jose Reyes has no reason to sign in the exclusivity period, having nothing to gain before seeing the market come into focus. The only way would be if the Mets blew him away with an offer, and that isn't happening...there are very few shortstops in the last 20 years who come close to Reyes in terms of skills and abilities. And that means Reyes will have to test the free agent...
Former Mets bench coach Chip Hale, told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that if the Mets lose Jose Reyes to free agency, young Ruben Tejada is more than capable to hold his own as an everyday shortstop for the Mets in 2012.
“Whether he plays second every day next year or short, he’s going to be a big contributor to that team and they need it. His physical presence has improved...
Some links as we look forward to Game 6 of the NLCS tonight..
The only way Jose Reyes will sign in the exclusivity period is if the Mets blow him away with an offer, and that isn't happening, writes Steve Popper of the Bergen Record.
With his team's spot in the playoffs already locked up, Yu Darvish will skip his start on October 18th, according to the Kyodo News...
I read Matt Cerrone’s take on whether the deal Carl Crawford signed last offseason would impact Jose Reyes this offseason. He writes:
I don’t think Crawford’s deal will impact the market for Jose Reyes as much as I initially thought. I figured seeing Crawford struggle might spook teams interested in Jose, considering both players rely so heavily on speed and are pushing 30...
Just when I thought I could take a mental vacation from the Mets for a bit, at least until Jose Reyes officially hits the market, I turned on the World Series. And I was reminded of the Mets immediately.The Cardinals and Rangers rosters are sprinkled with players who evoke, at best, bitter-sweet emotions, and at worst, bad ones. On the St. Louis side is Octavio Dotel, the now...
There’s a lot of uncertainty heading into the 2011-2012 offseason as a New York Mets fan. Here are 16 questions that will be answered between now and April (in no particular order).
Have any predictions? Tell us in the comment section what you think some of the answers to these questions are:
Will Jose Reyes be a Met in 2012?
Will the Mets add a good starting pitcher to the...
The Mets' attempt to re-sign Jose Reyes will dominate their offseason and determine how much they can spend on other areas of need, like the bullpen.
Johan Santana, SP: $55MM through 2013, unless 2014 option becomes player choice
Jason Bay, LF: $35MM through 2013, unless 2014 option vests
David Wright, 3B: $16MM through 2012; Wright may void...
I’m working on a lengthy post about the current situation between the Mets and Jose Reyes, but it’s taking a bit more time to put together than I expected. In other words, sorry for the lack of posts this morning; I’ll have this posted soon; so, stay tuned.
Starting today you can purchase a Jose Reyes autograph, Jerry Manuel autograph (yes, I’m serious–read the description in the store and you’ll understand), or a Carlos Beltran autograph from the MetsOnline store, here. Other items will be added in the future.
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Now I'm not going to sit here and tell you what I think is going to happen this offseason for the Mets. This is based purely off of my imagination. This is what could potentially happen during the offseason.
1. The Mets lose Jose Reyes to some team willing to give the injury prone shortstop over 5 years and $100 million. This leaves the Mets with Ruben Tejada at the reins...
Chip Hale told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that he believes Ruben Tejada is ready to be an everyday shortstop for the Mets (in the event Jose Reyes leaves as a free agent).
According to Hale, Tejada is now capable of hitting close to .280.
“I think defensively he’d be right at the average,” Hale told Rubin of Tejada’s presence on the infield. “The one thing Ruben is never...