Did Mets Ever Really Want Reyes?

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?

12 Responses to “Did Mets Ever Really Want Reyes?”

  1. BrooklynBill Says:

    Did anyone really want Reyes besides the Fish? I’m sure Reyes would make for an upgrade @ SS on most teams but the Marlins are apparently the only team that made an offer.

    I suspect the Mets were interested with a price in mind…once the Marlins came into the picture & went beyond a 5th year they were out, thankfully.

  2. Paul Says:

    I think as late as the mid-season trade deadline, Sandy Alderson hoped to retain Reyes. As the 2012 payroll projections continued to shrink through the season, Reyes just didn’t fit. They needed to be able to spend $110-$120 million in 2012 to have any chance of making it work.

  3. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    No I don’t think the Mets had any intention ever of signing Jose Reyes for this year. I just wish they traded him last year at anytime because I believe we would have done better than a 3rd or 4th round pick.

    Do I think Reyes is an exciting ballplayer?…Yes Do I think he is one of the leagues best players?…Yes

    However I think the Mets did the right thing here. I just don’t think the timing was right to keep him when we are in the middle of a rebuilding process. Yes it hurts now, but you really won’t know howw this plays out until about four years from now.

    If we kept him we might finish in 3rd place at best. Does it really matter if we finish in 3rd or last place?

    I almost want to go out on a limb and say, Lets PUNT this year and possibly look at offers and trade David Wright also. Lets rid ourselves of as many long term contracts and wipe the slate clean!

    BTW I heard that Spring Training tickets are not selling well at all. After the Reyes shift and the Mets RAISING TICKET PRICES, I would be surprised if they sell anymore.

    I can’t wait to talk to other Met fans this Sat. in PSL and get a pulde of what they are feeling. I have a feeling there are going to be great deals on tix this year.

    Can Stub Hub sell Tickets for below a dollar?

  4. Howard Says:

    I will say this. In listening to Fatcesa’s interview with Alderson, it was painfully obvious that the Mets are going to save every penny they can and have no care in the world of having a lousy team on the field for the coming years. It is going to get very ugly out there. Who is going to go to games?

    If I am David Wright, I want to be traded. Why waste my prime years in this mess.

    The organization is in shambles, and there is nobody to clean it up.

  5. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    ^Howard: I listened to Sandy’s interview also. There was not a single thing that he said that was inspiring or gave us hope.

    He should be on Dancing with the Stars! He tip toed around every question like a politician running for office!

    He wants us to hang our hats on Lucas Duda!

  6. JoeG Says:

    NYM = laughing stock of baseball

  7. BrooklynBill Says:

    FMFR - I would be interested in hearing what the pulse of the St. Lucie crowd is, keep us posted! They are diehards though so, they’ll probably find some reason to be optimistic.

    My fellow fans - don’t be so down…what did you want Sandy to do once Marlins went to 5yrs and 106MM? raise the stakes and make our offer 6 and 120MM? That would be nuts.

  8. JJ Says:

    They won 77 games with him…so they only win 70 without him…who cares. I guess that’s the point. The only thing to look forward to is a new Comissioner who forces the Wilpons to sell.

  9. BrooklynBill Says:

    Well, Pagan won’t be the answer for who bats leadoff now…he’s just been traded to the Giants.

    Another move I don’t have an issue with. Pagan was being way overpaid relative to his value and, at his age, he is way too inconsistent.

  10. BrooklynBill Says:

    Francisco, Rauch, Ramirez, Beato, Acosta… Suddenly our bullpen is looking up!!

    I don’t think we’re done yet…we need LH help.

    Will Sandy find a taker for Parnell @ the winter meetings? There’s gotta be a few dumb GMs out there who are in love with the radar gun who will gladly trade a lefty to us for his 100-mph fastball (even if it is straight as an arrow).

  11. BrooklynBill Says:

    By the way, in case anyone hasn’t noticed - the ’speed’ is gone. The stolen base doesn’t figure to be a part of the Mets brand of Moneyball, that’s for sure.

  12. chris Says:

    After listening to Reyes comments today all I can say is the Mets suck…and I’ve been a fan since’67.

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