Found November 08, 2011 on
The 2011-2012 offseason has brought with it an air of uncertainty. After multiple losing seasons, this time generally provides an opportunity for the franchise to inject excitement into its fan base through the acquisition of free agents. In this instance, the fan base sits on the edge of it's seat awaiting news on their all-star shortstop, Jose Reyes. Waiting...that seems to be all we're doing this off season, as the Mets' front office has changed its tone on multiple occasions.
Last winter saw Sandy Alderson and his new regime offer fans an almost open door policy. Emails and Facebook posts were the norm as Alderson attempted to gain the trust of ticket holders and generally speaking, keep them in the loop. This offseason he has not afforded us that privilege, as the transparency that was once present has been taken away. While I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not, the cross talk that has occurred over the past few months does concern me. Mets fans have seen the potential 2012 payroll shrink on several occasions, as it was first reported, by Sandy himself, to be between $100-$110 million and has recently been rumored to fall in the sub $100 million range. The front office has also seemed to waiver on the approach to Jose Reyes. Originally planning to make "close to" their best offer early on, the team has taken a wait and see approach, declining to offer Reyes a contract at all.
Additionally, changes in the direction of the front office have come to the surface. Last winter saw Alderson and company bring in a variety of players with expansive, and recent, injury histories. This offseason, albeit still very young, has seen the team use injuries as a reason to detract value from Jose Reyes and has also been rumored to be the reason they'll stay clear of free agents like Grady Sizemore and Chris Capuano. Moving forward into free agency, the front office may struggle to find talent on the open market that is both cheap and injury free. This may certainly hinder their ability to fill the holes on this roster moving into the 2012 season.
I'm not necessarily saying that either of these changes in philosophy are necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I tend to agree with the latter of the two wholeheartedly. I also understand that the team doesn't want to "show their cards" in regards to free agent signings. However, I suppose it would just be nice if the front office would offer a little guidance as the to direction of the team. If they're content to rebuild and await the young arms the organization's farm system is fostering, I expect many fans would be okay with that. However, without saying as much, fans will be intent on contending next season, no matter how dismal that may seem in reality. As I've said before, I don't envy Sandy Alderson as his job is complicated and often thankless. He has the responsibility to put a product on the field that will draw fans to Citi Field. How he pulls off that feat remains to be seen.
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If you are immersed in the Mets’ blogosphere, you assuredly have read the obituary that has been written for the Mets, since it seems unlikely that the Mets will retain their franchise shortstop Jose Reyes.
If Reyes leaves- it is told through many others-the Mets will be one chaotic mess. Expect the demise of the Mets to be greatly exaggerated.
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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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Vince Coleman is remembered most for being a part of the worst team money could buy, who thought it was funny to scare fans with cherry bombs instead of opponents with his on-base prowess. While most of us Mets fans cringe when we here Coleman's name along with Saberhagen and Bonilla's there maybe a useful comparison to be draw between Coleman and Reyes. I'll admit...
In a post to Twitter, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says he doesn’t believe it’s likely the Brewers will sign Jose Reyes this winter.
Having said that, in regards to Reyes, Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Haudricourt “I’m interested in everybody until I know what the price is.”
SI.com’s Jon Heyman recently said the Brewers are targeting Jose Reyes, since...
Michael Baron: I say this over and over again, but I would like to know what the plan is then if the Mets choose to not retain Jose Reyes, and if they feel they can’t build around him, and/or David Wright. I am not remotely convinced Ruben Tejada is an everyday answer, and there is no evidence to show he can come close to replacing Reyes’ presence and production. That’s...
What if there is more to the Jose Reyes and NY Mets negotiations than we all are assuming?
I’m guilty of one thing, I like to think outside the box and sure I may be totally wrong here but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
To set up my point, I think back to July 30, 2004. A day most Mets fans remember as the day they gave away Scott Kazmir.
The Kazmir deal is pretty interesting...
Earlier today on MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM, Braves GM Frank Wren said he is not pursuing free-agent shortstops Joe Reyes or Jimmy Rollins.
According to Wren, he is more likely to find a shortstop on the trade market than through free agency.
Here are other key updates about Jose over the last few days:
SI.com’s Jon Heyman says the Brewers are targeting Jose Reyes, since...
MIAMI -- A person familiar with discussions between Jose Reyes and the Florida Marlins says the team is courting the free-agent shortstop in Miami.
The Marlins gave the Mets All-Star a tour of their new ballpark Wednesday, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team...
Via MetsBlog.com, the Marlins may offer Jose Reyes a low years, high salary contract:
Yet 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.
It seems to me these contracts make much more sense for an...
MIAMI (AP) -- Jose Reyes toured the Florida Marlins' new ballpark as a potential pillar for the franchise.
The Marlins courted the All-Star shortstop Wednesday with the tour and lunch on South Beach, team president David Samson said on his weekly radio show on WAXY-AM.
"We're interested in making our team better," Samson said. "To be interested, you have...
Perhaps Jose Reyes already has received assurances from Hanley Ramirez he would be welcomed to the Miami Marlins, specifically to the shortstop position, with enthusiasm. If Reyes still is looking for Ramirez to extend him that support, it’s not likely to happen Tuesday.
Ramirez is not expected to be part of the Marlins’ welcome party when team officials host Reyes. While Reyes...
Erik Boland of Newsday quoted David Wright saying the following:
“I don’t know what [Jose Reyes is] going to do but I know what I want him to do. That’s to be to my left next year. I’ve shot him a couple text messages here and there, nothing about baseball, but I guess that’s the eternal optimist side of me is that he’ll be to my left in spring training. Hopefully, the...
Tonight at 6:00 PM ET, MetsBlog’s Vinny Cartiglia will be co-hosting “The Happy Recap” radio show on Blog Talk Radio, as they talk about the Mets, the situations with David Wright and Jose Reyes, and their off-season ahead.
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As Free Agency kicks into high gear Sandy Alderson and his cronies have a lot of holes to fill to be able to field a competitive team next season. The hope is that a healthy Johan Santana will head the rotation, but despite make a few minor league starts this past summer he is no sure thing. We are not assured he will be healthy for a full season, or even be the same pitcher...
Here is a tale of two players…
Let’s start off with career averages in some key Categories:
Career Averages per Season
Here is the thing about this comparison.
Both are similar type players,