The more I think about it the more I believe the Mets are headed into an Oakland A’s era of reduced payroll and small market sensibilities.
One would think with this being NY we wouldn’t run that risk but of course we’re dealing with the Wilpons who now have Alderson at the helm. Sandy has proven effective at streamlining payroll - which you know the financially strapped Wilpons are directing him to do.
This is exactly why the news of Tejada being sent to AAA to play shortstop all year sounds like a precursor to jetisioning Jose Reyes.
Why would you cut ties with a homegrown, fan favorite like Jose? To avoid awarding another big money contract.
Reyes is gonna want big money, if not HUGE money, and he’s certainly not a guy Alderson values very highly. His numbers have been declining across the board for years not to mention it’s been a challenge to stay healthy.
I hate to say it but I have a bad feeling Jose will be traded by the deadline to get as much in return for him as possible.
As for on field action:
• How bout Josh Thole tearing it up this spring
• Perez successfully retired the 1 lefty he faced
• Scott Hairston had 3 more hits and is moving closer to being first man to hold down RF when Beltran inevitably begins the year on DL. Personally I’d rather see Lucas Duda get AB’s