As Met fans we’re used to being losers. We’re used to everything going wrong. At this point we’re used to incompetent owners, GM’s and managers. But the one thing we’re no used to is losing franchise, potentially Hall of Fame players who were Mets fr day 1 leaving NY.
Of course Tom Seaver was exactly the scenario just described, and even Nolan Ryan fits the bill as well, but these guys departed over 30 years ago which is ancient history. Kasmir/Zambrano was more recent but the fireballing lefty has since flamed out.
But Reyes is something else. He’s an everyday player. The shortstop. The leadoff hitter. The emotional leader of the franchise. The batting crown champion and the most exciting player in the game.
And the Mets are letting him walk away to a division rival without even fighting to keep him.
The Marlins are reportedly giving him 6yrs and 106M. The Mets allegedly were in the willing to offer 5 years 85-95M range… but they never even bothered to offer.
We the fans are sitting here watching arguably the best player in the game leave for a rival at 27 years old… And the Mets never even made a play for him.
What a joke this franchise has become. As much as I hate the Yankees, they would NEVER let this happen. Derek Jeter would NEVER be allowed to leave for more money from Tampa Bay.
Who cares about the 6th year at this point. Reyes is one of the elite players in the sport and a lifelong Met he’s worth that extra year so just give it to him to keep him here.
As much as I always hated Steinbrenner I actually hate the Wilpons more. They are terrible owners and awful businessmen. They claim to have lost 70M last year on the Mets. That wouldn’t surprise because they seem completely inept at running a quality franchise.
And I’m not buying the “Blame it on Madoff” excuse considering Madoff was the SECOND PONZI SCHEME THE WILPONZIs were caught up in.
Did Alderson even really want Jose back? Where was his sales job? It feels like he just let Jose leave without the least bit of resistance.
Even if it’s just for show why wouldn’t the Mets make an attempt to keep Reyes?
This team is such a joke its embarrassing.