At Least Alderson’s Paying Attention

It’s impossible to know what Sandy’s really thinking about the Reyes situation. It’s obvious he would like Jose back but what’s the breaking point in regards to contract terms?

He said years committed is more important than yeah salary which makes sense. But what really piqued my interest is this quote from Alderson:

“The greater issue is what effect it has on the relationship between the fans and the team. And, that’s always a consideration. There are a handful of players with whom fans identify and in our case Jose is one of them. It doesn’t determine what we will or won’t do, but we have to take it in to account and we are.”

Is this a savvy PR move letting the fans know he thinks and cares about us while knowing full well the Wilpons won’t spend the money on Jose? 

Or is this a clue telling us he is very motivated to do everything he can to resign Reyes???

Prob a combo of both but I gotta say statements like this really stick in my mind…

8 Responses to “At Least Alderson’s Paying Attention”

  1. Luis Says:

    I love the fact that there are many fewer leaks now than under previous regimes. Maybe little Jeffy is staying away from all this…

  2. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Sandy is pretty much doing the right thing right now. It is a wait it out situation at the moment.

    If you make Jose a low offer, everyone would say it is insulting. If you make a higher offer now you will increase the competition for him and jack up the asking price for him.

    The least amount of teams and press Jose gets, the better chance the Mets have of getting him back!

  3. Met_Maven Says:

    I’m glad to hear that Alderson acknowledges that Jose is a plaer the fans connect with and want back. If I were Alderson, I’d tell Jose to get offers from as many teams as he can, and when he’s done, come back to the Mets to see if they can construct a deal in which they’ll take the best parts of each offer and come to a compromise. The Mets don’t have to make the first, second or last offer, just make an offer that’s comparable to the others he’s been getting.

    If I could make an offer to Jose, I’d offer 5 years $85 million, with an option for a 6th year. Additionally, I’d put in a clause that he can opt out after 3 years as well as incentives for stolen bases, batting title, total at bats, MVP, etc.

  4. CowCrusher Says:

    Perhaps it is an omen of things to come but while at the mall this week, I noticed that the new 2012 Mets calender had pictures of the usual suspects, including Terry Collins. Missing was Jose….
    Maybe they know something we don’t?

  5. BrooklynBill Says:

    He is technically not a NY Met!

  6. Met_Maven Says:

    Its not an omen, as BrooklynBill pointed out, he’s technically not a Met. I think its a MPBPA thing that if a player is a FA they can’t be used in any promotional medium until he is signed. It happens with other teams FAs as well… and makes for all the conspiracy theorists to work overtime to figure out what a missing players image means. I just hope the talks and signing start soon. This period when nothing happens is boring! I miss baseball!

  7. Howard Says:

    One thing I like about Alderson is that he tells us alot of how he feels during interviews. Other GM’s make everything comment as off it is a top gov’t secret but Alderson has been pretty congenial and open.

    At least Alderson realizes that we Met fans do identify with certain players, usually because those players are ones we need to win. I still think with a few moves, this team can be competitive. But Reyes has to be resigned. The way management gets fans to spend money on the team is to win. Invest in the team and we will invest in you.

  8. CowCrusher Says:

    If anyone is in the calender business..maybe we can get an idea when these things get printed up…but I see your point about being a FA.
    Fascinating!

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