Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 12/5/11
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 for the Marlins; for the Mets, though, this was the right decision. GM Sandy Alderson said his hands were tied in the efforts to retain Reyes because the Mets lost $70 million last season. But even if the funds were available for New York to match Miami's offer, doing so would have been imprudent. The current state of the Mets' roster suggests that things must get worse before they can get better. Johan Santana will make an average of $24.75 million over the next two seasons. Jason Bay will rake in another $16 million annually in 2012-2013. And David Wright—perhaps the only member of the trio with a stro...
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