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Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: July 4, 2011 10:38 am
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose ReyesIf Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has his way, free-agent-to-be shortstop Jose Reyes won't just finish this season in a Mets uniform, but will also start next season at Citi Field.

The New York Post reports Alderson is "leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer after the season" to keep Reyes, and there is "almost no way" Reyes will be traded before the July 31 deadline.

Reyes has said he didn't want to negotiate during the season.

Earlier this season, Mets owner Fred Wilpon told the New Yorker that Reyes "thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money" and "won't get it."

Carl Crawford money, it should be noted, is $142 million over seven years.

It will likely take at least $100 million to sign Reyes for the next five or six years, and the Post reports the Mets ownership would be willing to offer close to $20 million per season to keep Reyes.

Reyes has also said in the past he'd prefer to stay with the Mets.

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Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

"This has really been the first year that Reyes hasn't had an extended stint on the DL since he entered the league (keep in mind that it isn't even the all star break yet)."

Not a very well-researched point.  Reyes was top 3 in the league in games played from 2005-2008, averaging 157 games a year.  Not a DL stint to be found.  The "Reyes can't stay healthy" myth has taken on a life of its own I suppose - now people are making things up in an attempt to prove this point.
Tinman1188 this is all a ploy to justify not paying Jose Reyes what he will be worth on the open market over the winter which is easily $20 million per season. With a dearth of high quality shortstops in Major League Baseball Reyes will get that and probably more as baseball executives have tabbbed him as the second most coveted free agent behind Albert Pujols. Those executives know the real deal on Reyes' durability and have no qualms with it. Whatever teams do not win the Albert Pujols sweepstakes (which will pay him between $28 to $30 million per season) will have money sitting idly by and probably use it to go after Reyes.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

Bottom line. Reyes is having an MVP caliber season. The Wilpon's need to either pony up the cake to keep him, or sell the team to someoe who will (all Met fans want for Christmas is Mark Cuban as their new owner).  He has spent his entire career in the Mets organization, and deserves to stay with them if he wants to and remains productive.  The same can be said for David Wright, even though his numbers have slipped a little the past couple seasons.  I believe he will get back to the old D-Wright when he comes off the DL, and he and Jose are tremendous leaders in the clubhouse as well as on the field.  If they are going to trade any of the superstars, I wouldn't be heartbroken if it were Beltran.  He has had a decent year, but you can clearly see him declining.  They could probably get a couple good young arms for him and maybe some draft choices or other good young prospects.  The odds are they are not going to be in the playoff hunt this year anyway, so why not dump some salary for some younger players.    



Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

blacktara -
2006 - .300, 19 HRs, 81 RBIs, 61 stolen bases, 17 3Bs, 
2007 - .280, 12 HRs, 57 RBIs, 78 stolen bases 
2008 - .297, 16 HRs, 68 RBIs, 56 stolen bases, 19 3bs

Which of these years was the contract year again?  They can't all be contract years, can they?  Didn't you just sign Dan Uggla after a "contract year"?  How's that working out for you? 



Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

"This has really been the first year that Reyes hasn't had an extended stint on the DL since he entered the league (keep in mind that it isn't even the all star break yet)."

Not a very well-researched point.  Reyes was top 3 in the league in games played from 2005-2008, averaging 157 games a year.  Not a DL stint to be found.  The "Reyes can't stay healthy" myth has taken on a life of its own I suppose - now people are making things up in an attempt to prove this point.  



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

He's at his peak performance because it's a contract year. He's been the most bored player on the planet since he came into the league. There is no excuse to keep him if you're the Mets. Playing .500 ball, spending all your money to keep your best player on a .500 club is just silly. Go get some prospects and some pitching......

Here is my analysis and counter point to the above statement:

The Mets would be 10 games under .500 if not for Reyes. He has helped energize the team to play small ball since the Mets power hitters have now missed extended periods of time due to injury. 10 games under .500 does not put fans in the stands of a ball park on which ownership owes a substantial debt. You use the words "all of your money"  when in fact, the Mets have a good amount of money coming off of the books this yr.  $12 mill perez/Castillo, 18 mill for beltran, and likely the K-rod contract.  Reyes already makes 11 million. To add 9 million when it is likely that $40 mill plus is coming off of the books is not spending all of their money. So keeping Reyes should not be categorized as silly. they are not going to get a huge return of prospects for a rental player, as Reyes will likely not sign a contract with the team he is traded to and will test the free agant market. This uncertainty of re-signing him will decrease his value dramatically. significantly.

In addition; the Mets prospects may not be as terrible as everyone had assessed them to be a year ago. John Niese, Dillon Gee, Justin Turner, Tejeda and some of the prospects still in the minors are good evidence of this.  They do not seem to need a 2B as desperately as when the season started. Prospects and pitching will not make an immediate impact. The Mets are better off holding onto Reyes who has an immediate impact, and seeing what some of the 5 pitching prospects they took in the first six rds of the draft may contribute. Some of those drafted players may be MLB ready within two years. Plus they should see how well Santana can bounce back.  Niese and Gee look like they will be solid 3 and 4 starters. Dickey/ Capuano are good #5. It is #1 and #2 that are questionable as Johan is uncertain, and Mike Pelfrey can't seem to keep it together. The Mets have a few pitchers in the system who could be a future #2.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

With the exception of 2009, Jose has played in an average of 94% of the club's games. He had a severly shortened season in 2009 last year he was in 83% of the games... but, he's in his prime at 28 and he's probably average to above average in terms of his propensity for injury (especially if you consider his style of play - speed and the additional risk associated with steals and busting it for triples).

He'll get 7 years... guaranteed.

With the large latin american makeup of this country, his presence alone fills more seats then you would before you have him... especially in NYC.

Thanks



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

I agree that Reyes is a great player and also a game changer but he cant stay healthy. Thats why he wont get a 7 yr deal...hell get 4 yr deal tops



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

The sad part is that Carl Crawford did not deserve "Crawford" money.  Crawford is a good player..not a great player.  Reyes is a great player.  The RedSox gave Crawford 30-40 million mora  than any other team would have gave him.  That is what is so wrong about MBL.



Since: Jul 19, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:50 am
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

>>This has really been the first year that Reyes hasn't had an extended stint on the DL since he entered the league (keep in mind that it isn't even the all star break yet).<<


Another ill-informed individual that doesn't know the facts.  Aside from the two previous seasons, Reyes has been as durable as they come.  I don't hear anyone questioning Tulowitzki's durability, but wait, those are "freak" injuries so I guess his stints on the DL don't count.

Whether the Mets pony up and sign him, things probably won't change in Flushing.  The Mets will continue to be mediocre and Mets fans will begin to sound more like Cubs fans every passing year.

I'm not a Mets fan, but I cannot help wondering why there are so many that want to chastize Reyes.  He's dynamic and, when on his game, is one of the most exciting and biggest difference makers in the game.  Go ahead and question his motivation.  Go ahead and say he's always injured.  Go ahead and say this is a contract push.  Go ahead and you'll be missing out on watching something special.





Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:46 am
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

As a Braves fan, I would love to see the Mets tie up $20 million a year in Reyes. The huge difference between his past production and what he is now putting up in a contract year tells me this guy doesnt devote 100 percent of his energy and attention to his profession except when he absolutely has to.

Think Adrian Beltre

I am not saying the guy cant play - I AM saying that the only time you'll ever get his best is when his next big contract depends on it



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