Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/9/11

With Jose Reyes set to meet with the Miami Marlins some time today, fans are understandably worried that the man they watched dazzle them at shortstop  for the better part of eight years may be on his way out.  People close to the team, however, may not be as worried….at least not when it comes to Miami.  According to John Harper of the Daily News:

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Mets people on Tuesday privately downplayed the significance of the Marlins’ aggressiveness. One person said he heard they plan to offer Reyes only a three-year deal at a high annual average, presumably more than $20 million a year.”

Seriously?  If this is the type of offer the Mets have to keep up with I can’t imagine that their chances of resigning Reyes are better than most anticipated.  Granted, this is just what ‘one person said he heard’, but it does beg the question; is Sandy Alderson just a giant step ahead of the curve?  I mean we know the guy is smart, but is he flat out clairvoyant?

As Matt Silvestri pointed out during our time on the Happy Recap Radio show the other night (clicking here to listen), Alderson was willing to hold onto Reyes at last year’s trade deadline and risk losing him with a pair of draft picks being the only guaranteed compensation should he walk.  Why do that if you’re not confident you can bring him back?  Certainly it’s a question others have posed as well.

If #Mets knew they'd be this passive in pursuing Reyes, why didn't they just trade him over the summer? 42 minutes ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @BobKlap Bob Klapisch

Fact is, it was a huge risk for a guy who just doesn’t seem like much of a gambler.  He acted swiftly when it came to K-Rod and diligently when it came to Carlos Beltran.  So why not act in the same ‘I am the adult in the room’ manner when it came to Jose Reyes?

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As I said on the show, the last thread of hope I have that New York will beat the odds and bring back Jose is tied to the fact that Sandy Alderson doesn’t seem like a guy that miscalculates these kind of risks.  Maybe, just maybe, he had the market read right, as Matt suggested.  Perhaps old Sandy isn’t just the adult in the room when it comes to his fans, he might just be sitting at the head of the table when he breaks bread with other general managers as well.  While it’s an optimistic stance to take, it would seem to make sense given the GM’s willingness to let his star shortstop go out and test the waters while he sits back and waits for the market to dictate the next move.

#mets asked reyes for his price. when he didnt provide one, mets said get back to us when youre done shopping. November 7, 2011 5:43 pm via webReplyRetweetFavorite @SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman

We are a long way of knowing if Alderson is a genius or a fool when it comes to his handling of Jose Reyes or this team as a whole, but while the line separating the two is sometimes blurred, I don’t see that being the case in this situation.  In the end though, it won’t be the fans that make that determination, it will be the performance of the team that Alderson puts in place with or without Reyes.  That team, according to the Mets general manager, will not be one only looking for success down the road, but in the immediate future as well.

Are we keeping the long-term in mind? Yes, while making every effort to be competitive next year as well. Does being as competitive as we can be next year dictate signing Jose Reyes at any cost? I don’t think so.”

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