It certainly doesn’t feel like they did. Reports surfaced that Alderson thought the Mets were in it as late as fri & sat nite but the Fish sealed the deal with the 6th year guaranteed.
I’m not saying Alderson is being deceptive, I believe what he says regarding the process I just don’t think anyone’s heart was in it from the Mets side.
To me it feels like the Mets saw it as forgone conclusion they were letting Jose go. Maybe the Wilponzis flat out don’t have the money to pay Reyes, Alderson knows it and this was a bluff all along. That definitely sounds like a move the Met organization would make.
Let’s be honest, the writing was clearly on the wall when Fred tore Jose to shreds in that magazine article saying “he’s had everything wrong with him” (health-wise)
Surprisingly some fan reaction has been, “he’s not worth it” or “let him pull his hamstrings in Florida”
Sorry I can’t agree. Jose is 27 years old. He is among the ELITE players in baseball and hands down the best player on the Mets.
Florida isn’t even paying him obscene money, 6 for 111M didn’t get a stratosphere A-Rod contract, nor is it Crawford money. 17/18 M a year is a reasonable salary for a SS who leads the league in SB and wins a batting crown. Will he lose speed over time? Sure, everyone does but Jose can become a better hitter with maturity. He may very well develop a little more power but he can certainly be a tremendous player until 33-34 years old.
But these are the Royals– oops I mean Mets, a small market team in the biggest market of all.
They say they lost 70M, which I’m not sure I believe, and they want to slash payroll by 30-40M.
I wonder if Jeff and Fred are taking a cut in the salary they draw?