Found October 31, 2011 on
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With the conclusion of the St. Louis Cardinals’ championship parade we have finally reached the off-season. The long, torturous months of August, September, and October watching other teams compete have finally come to a conclusion. Now instead of seeing L’s compile on the field, we get to embark into months of hot stoves chatter which will shape the future of the Mets.
With all of that in mind, I want to set something straight. Jose Reyes is not currently, nor will he ever again be the New York Mets shortstop. I originally thought the chances were generally good that he would return and don the Orange n’ Blue again. However, those days have been left behind in the summer time.
All the chatter at the moment is that Sandy Alderson will offer four and definitively no more than five years to bring the shortstop back. Considering the skill set that Reyes possesses, his position, and most importantly team’s like the Brewers with money to spend—Reyes’ days as a Met are over. Short of him taking a MASSIVE hometown discount, Reyes won’t be playing baseball in Queens for more than a series or two a year from here on out.
Let me just say though—this is a GOOD thing. Investing 100-plus million dollars in an injury-plagued shortstop would be a awful move for this franchise at the point they are at. What is the point in having a make or break player, when your team is nowhere near the make or break point?
Honestly, I am not convinced this team will be that much worse next year with Ruben Tejada holding down the 6 spot compared to Reyes. Tejada is more durable than Reyes and probably plays even better defense. Obviously he is not the game-changer that Reyes is, but for the price I’ll take it.
The best possible move with all the money freed up by Reyes will be to go out and throw an incentive laden contract at Grady Sizemore. If he can stay healthy, I think Sizemore will be as productive as Reyes next year—just for nowhere near the same price. Yes there is a lot of risk in the former-Indian, but the contract won’t be overwhelming so it will be a shot worth taking for the Mets.
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The union published an official list of free agents, which included seven Mets from the 2011 roster. Of course, the biggest name on our list is Jose Reyes, the others were all minor role players on a mediocre team so I don't think any of them are significant loses. Where do I stand on Jose Reyes, I'd like to see him return but not at any cost. At one point I thought...
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Well the World Series is finally over. The parade is over. No more baseball until next spring!!! ARGGGH!!!. As we head into our last couple of days before we change the clocks back and get thrown into darkness until early next year we wonder the fate of our shortstop.
The Mets have a couple of days to bargain with Reyes and his agent and there is some rumors that the Mets will not take
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Well a near full rotation of former Mets pitchers have now weighed in on the Jose Reyes‘s pending free agency. According to Dan Martin of the New York Post, David Cone recently said that he believes other teams may present the All-Star shortstop with a better opportunity:
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There are better fits, places that give him a better chance to win, probably...
The New York Mets have no plans to make an offer to Jose Reyes before the window of exclusivity with the free-agent shortstop closes on Thursday, a person familiar with the situation said this week.
If you asked me during the season if I felt Reyes was coming back, I would have confidently stated, yes! However, now, I’m not so sure. I mean, Reyes is an extremely gifted player — injuries aside — and if a guy like Jayson Werth can get a 7-year deal and Carl Crawford can net $140 million then why wouldn’t Jose?
I can go on forever about how talented a player he is, what...
Unlike CC Sabathia, Jose Reyes will test the free-agent market when other teams can start bidding, and that likely doesn’t bode well for the Mets.“There are better fits, places that give him a better chance to win, probably,” David Cone said of the shortstop, who can be contacted...
SPEAKING PUBLICLY for the first time about Jose Reyes since the shortstop became a free agent on Sunday, general manager Sandy Alderson reiterated what the Daily News reported on Friday: The Mets will not begin with an offer designed to overwhelm the shortstop, and the team does not expect a a resolution for several months.
The Mets do not plan to make an offer to free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes anytime soon, general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday, nor do they expect Reyes to sign before December.
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The team hired former major league outfielder Tom Goodwin as its first-base coach, completing the coaching staff for next season.
Goodwin, 43, hit .268 over 14 major league seasons and was primarily a center fielder, spending...
In case you missed it, this past weekend:
Jose Reyes, Willie Harris, Chris Young, Chris Capuano, Miguel Batista, and Jason Isringhausen have joined 142 other players in filing for free agency.
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