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So, its been about 72 hours since former Met, Jose Reyes, decided to sign with the Marlins for 6 year/$106 million dollar deal. I was mad at first. Too mad to write about it, as our lovely little site here rightfully frowns on profanity. Then I wrote about it and now...I'm good. I've never been one of those "the sky is falling" type of fans. After a few moments of panic I generally settle right back into the business at hand. That business, is getting this franchise back on the right track.
As I wrote (here
) about three weeks ago, I honestly believe that the Mets rebuild will not be slowed down due to the loss of Jose Reyes. This team needs a complete make over, with probably no more than 3-5 players who have any sort of future
with the franchise. As such, while Jose would have made the next few years more exciting and it will undoubtedly sting seeing him in a Marlins jersey for the foreseeable future, he was not the difference between the 2012 Mets and a pennant race.
And so now we'll most forward. We'll continue to await the young arms being cultivated down on the farm and hope that in the next year or two the Wilpons can either get their finances in order or go bust all together. As I've been saying since the close of last season, unless the Mets stay extremely healthy AND get extremely lucky, you can basically write off the next two seasons.
Now that might suck...and it certainly isn't anything any of us are looking forward to, but it is the reality of the situation. Thats not something Jose Reyes would have changed. Who knows? In two or three years we may all consider ourselves lucky that Reyes didn't stick around. But for right now, lets get back down to business. Lets root on those that are in Flushing as they don the blue and orange this season. We're all still Mets fans and we still have a team to look after, regardless of how bad things look right now...
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While the Miami Marlins went all out in their pursuit of Jose Reyes, the talented shortstop says his former team didn't even try to retain his services.
The Mets have allowed a homegrown superstar to leave in the prime of his career. It's one of the darkest days in the history of the franchise, and yet the rationalizing has begun:The Marlins overpaid for Reyes. So what? Big-market teams keep their superstars. Big-market teams laugh at the notion of the Marlins outbidding them. But the Mets are no longer functioning as a big...
Jose Reyes, the anticipated new shortstop for the Miami Marlins, is a very talented man. He is a formidable force offensively, despite not possessing a level of patience that you would hope for in a leadoff hitter, and though he commits too many errors for a tenured player his range and power arm allow him to influence games defensively to a sometimes dramatic degree.
He is, then...
“I have to thank the New York Mets for giving me the opportunity to play in the big leagues,” Jose Reyes said this afternoon, while wearing his new Marlins hat and jersey. “Right now, I’m really excited and happy to go to Miami.I’m part of this family now, and I have to move on.”
He said he has a lot of love for his fans in New York, who supported him through the good...
In the video below, Sandy Alderson speaks with Kevin Burkhardt on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove about Jose Reyes, the fan response to his departure, Citi Field, and more:
SNY’s Mets Hot Stove will air live from the Winter Meetings tonight at 6:30 PM ET.
Jose Reyes didn’t mince words today when speaking to reporters after being introduced as the new Marlins new shortstop. Here are a few quotes from ESPN New York:
On whether he was surprised that Mets were not more aggressive:
“During the season, you guys know, I always say I want to go back to play there,” Reyes said. “But they don’t do anything to want me there. So...
DALLAS (AP) -- Jose Reyes felt the love from the Miami Marlins. And the money.
DALLAS (AP) - All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes has put on a Miami Marlins hat and joined his new team.The Marlins formally announced the signing of the speedy free agent Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings.The NL batting champion got a six-year contract worth $106 million. Earlier this week, the Marlins announced ...
All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes put on a Miami Marlins hat and joined his new team Wednesday.
DALLAS (AP) - The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels didn't just dominate the podium at the winter meetings. They were the only teams that used them to reshape their clubs.As Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and some other All-Stars found new homes, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and ...
When Ken Rosenthal first reported on Sunday night that the Marlins had reached a six-year, $106 million deal with Jose Reyes, there were two immediate reactions. Most fans wondered whether it was an apt signing for Miami, while the Citi Field faithful were left dismayed by the loss of their favorite player. Only time will tell if Reyes's upside will make the signing worthwhile...
Now that the Mets have lost out on the Jose Reyes sweepstakes the big moves can begin, or not. Sandy stated recently that he has 20-25 million to spend on talent to fill his open roster spots this off-season. Part of that money goes to Pelfrey and Pagan who are up for arbitration, leaving approximately $15 million or so left over.
The Mets have been fairly quiet so far. They...
Hanley Ramirez may not be happy about it, but he's going to have a brand new position next season.The Miami Marlins are moving ahead with plans to switch Ramirez from shortstop to third base in order to accommodate free-agent addition Jose Reyes. The former New York Mets star finalized a six-year, $106-million deal with Miami on Wednesday.Marlins president Larry Beinfest said...
With one hand, the Marlins slapped the back of jubilant new shortstop Jose Reyes.
My response to Albert Pujols signing with the Angels was summed up in a simple status update on Facebook:
"Albert Pujols has proven what I've already learned years ago: Hometown discounts no longer exist."
Brian Joura from Mets360.com responded to that with a very fair point:
"I don't know if I'd go that far - I think hometown discounts do exist. However...