Found April 25, 2012 on
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When Jose Reyes inked his name on a six-year, 106 million dollar deal back in December it was admittedly hard to be rationale. The Mets were seemingly letting one of the faces of their franchise walk away to a division rival.
With all that being said, months later it is becoming increasingly apparent that Met fans need to collectively stand up and salute Sandy Alderson for saving the franchise from yet another disastrous contract.
Reyes’ supreme talent has always been well document, but so has his tendency for being a pulled hamstring waiting to happen. The tradeoff with Reyes has always been elite numbers combined with a substantial risk of injury.
That tradeoff is one that is valuable, but even after his MVP-caliber season in 2011 was not worth the Mets forking over more than a hundred-million dollars to Reyes. And now as Mets fans have been able to see firsthand, the elite numbers are not even there anymore.
Chalk it up to a slow start if you want to—but Reyes has spent his time in Miami’s sunshine flirting with the Mendoza Line and failing to provide the dynamic presence atop the Marlins’ lineup that he was expected to do.
Reyes is a player who largely relies on his athleticism to make a difference on the diamond. That was awesome to watch when he was an emerging rookie. But now that he is being paid like the star people have always claimed to be, maybe that athleticism simply isn’t enough.
Reyes is barely producing now when he is 28 and conceivably still in the prime in terms of pure athletic ability. Just imagine the numbers he will be producing as a 34-year-old shortstop at the tail end of his contract.
And one final note on this matter, just for kicks compare Ruben Tejada’s numbers to Reyes’. Not only is Tejada actually producing moreso than Reyes but he is doing it for five-percent of the price.
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Jose Reyes was never my favorite Mets player. In fact, he probably wouldn't find himself in my personal top five. However, as a fan who considers the triple to be the most exciting play in baseball, Reyes is without question the most exciting player I've ever seen strap on the blue and orange of the New York Mets.Reyes made things happen, seemingly always putting immense...
Jose Reyes sharing a moment with Jeff Wilpon. Photo by Clayton Collier.
Unless you were living under a rock or otherwise incapacitated, it was impossible not to hear about Jose Reyes’ return to Flushing with his last-place Miami Marlins. After an eventful offseason by the Marlins, headlined by the 6-year, $106 million deal that got Reyes in one of those God-awful Miami uniforms...
Just minutes ago, I asked you on Facbeook and Twitter what your thoughts about Jose Reyes’ return tonight. Tell us what you think on Facbeook, Twitter, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by commenting on this post. We will post your responses!
Here are your responses (we will post more as they come in):
won’t boo, wont cheer. i’ll sit back let it happen...
Miami Marlin Jose Reyes returned to NY yesterday. Fans showed up early for autographs and to sing the Jose song.
The Mets put together a video tribute and Jose was announced in the Marlins'...
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I went to Citi Field last night specifically to cheer Jose Reyes in his first game back in New York. I appreciate all he did for the team and can't see how anyone can blame him for leaving when the Mets did not make him an offer. I stood and cheered for his first at-bat, then treated him like any other member of the Marlins, rooting for the Mets to get him out, but not booing...
Miami Marlins (7-9) at New York Mets (9-8), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Mark Buehrle (1-2, 2.66) New York - R.A. Dickey (2-1, 5.71)
Back in the once-friendly confines of Citi Field, Jose Reyes first got a mixed reaction from the New York crowd, nearly opened the game with a big hit and ultimately failed to reach base in the game.
While Reyes used the opener...
After spending the previous nine seasons pacing the New York Mets, the Miami Marlins' Jose Reyes is looking forward to returning to the Big Apple.
A three-game set at Citi Field could help the reigning NL batting champion get going at the plate.
With Reyes and the rest of his team looking to break out, Miami sends Josh Johnson to the hill opposite New York's Johan Santana...
Get used to it.
Jose Reyes makes his highly anticipated return to Citi Field tonight as the Mets host the Marlins in the opener of an important (for April) three-game set. The Mets will send Johan Santana to the mound tonight looking to end a two-game losing streak. He’ll be opposed by Miami’s ace Josh Johnson.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game can be seen on...
Jose Reyes went hitless in his return to Citi Field and Lucas Duda lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that caromed off reliever Edward Mujica, sending the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.
Johan Santana and Josh Johnson zipped through the first six innings in a crisp pitchers' duel between healthy-looking aces. Santana, coming...
The first of anything that Jose Reyes does against the Mets can be pretty jarring. Take Wednesday, when Omar Infante crushed a home run off R.A. Dickey to make the score 1-0. Who do you think was waiting for Infante at the top step with a choreographed handshake? That's right, Reyes.Now I've been the guy who has spent years defending the choreography. So I'm not going...
Well this just about brings it home, so to speak. Doesn't it?
It promised to be an eventful day, but we just didn't know how eventful. We awoke to "Jose Reyes Day" with Jason Bay hitting the disabled list with a fractured rib which he accrued by flailing and missing a fly ball. This we sort of expected. But then we find out that Mike Pelfrey (the other boo twin...
Duda driving the go ahead run
Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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W: J. Rauch (3-0) L: E. Mujica (0-2)
S: F. Francisco (4)
HR: MIA - None NYM - None
Lucas Duda's eighth-inning line drive hit off Edward Mujica's throwing hand allowed Kirk Nieuwenhuis to score the go-ahead run as the Mets downed...
The night was supposed to be all about ex-Met Jose Reyes' return to New York in his splashy new Miami Marlins uniform. The more significant story, though, turned out to be a pair of gems thrown by aces injured in 2011, as Johan Santana and Josh Johnson locked up in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel in the first game of their three-game series at Citi Field on Tuesday. As...
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
Ruben Tejada – SS
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Lucas Duda – RF
Ike Davis – 1B
Mike Baxter – LF
Josh Thole – C
Johan Santana – LHP
RISP: The Mets were 3-15 with runners in scoring position during yesterday’s doubleheader. On the year, the Mets are batting .222 (32-144) with runners in scoring position...