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Mets not confident in retaining Jose Reyes

Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 6:09 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Considering free agency just began and we aren't likely to see any big names sign contracts with new teams any time soon, we have to fill the void with rumor talk. So here we are with the latest word from New York on dynamic Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Friday morning about the Mets' current situation with Reyes. Basically, the Mets are showing their hand. They want Reyes back, but don't want to pay what other teams are likely to pay. The most telling quote was from a Mets "official:"

“My instinct is no shot. I think if [GM] Sandy [Alderson] asked for it, ownership would follow his recommendations. But where the money is going to go it is not going to be the best way to spend the money, not on one player and not one player with this hamstring thing.”

Hot Stove Season
Ah, yes, the hamstring "thing." Reyes was one of the most durable players in baseball from 2005-08, when he averaged 158 games per season. Since then, however, his highest number of games in a season was 133 in 2010 and he just can't seem to shake his hamstring issues, even if it's just nagging 15-day-at-a-time stints on the DL. With a guy who relies on speed, that's a problem, especially as he gets closer to 30 years old (Reyes turned 28 this past June).

Are the Mets trying to keep his value down? Or simply bracing the fan base for a Reyes departure? Or merely just telling the truth, that they'd like Reyes back but fear someone else is going to knock him over with a colossal offer?

Whatever it is, it sounds like -- as of Nov. 4, that is, as things can easily change in a matter of minutes -- that Reyes is headed to a new employer.

Hat-tip: Hardball Talk

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brian8ball
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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Mets not confident in retaining Jose Reyes

I have feeling if the Mets double the best offer of another team, Reyes will be in good old Queens singing New York, New York.  It is true we probably do not have the money.  Even if we got 1 prospect, etc at the deadline, it is better than nothing.  Also I did not know Alderson can control hamstrings.  If Reyes goes and pulls his string and misses significant time (you can miss up to 6-8 weeks even with just a pull), Alderson will be considered astute.  If Reyes plays in all 162 for another team, Alderson will be a goat, probably unearned as he basically could not sign him like Fielder on the Brew Crew.

Also your post about David Wright, can he or can't he hit homes runs.  Your post is not clear.  You may want to tell Dave if he can't if that is what you mean, he probably does not know it yet.  He did not have a great year but I think he can still hit a few over the fence. 
Guy has one bad year and his is finished.  A couple of weeks ago during the series someone said Pujols is finished because he did not hit .300, what a loser, he was at .299 and only 37 Home Runs.   My bet is Albert will hit .300 again and at least match his 37 home runs.  Wright will come back and the Mets will continue with or without Reyes.  Would it be nicer with him, yes.  But if he is hurt he does nothing for us.  We have 3 years of history and he is getting older, not younger.  No one is saying Reyes is not good, he may be great, Are you willing to spend $20,000,000 a year for the next few years of your bosses money on a guy with injury plus other issues.  I seem to remember his hustle has been questioned over the years.  Didn't Manuel bench him at least once for that or am I remembering wrong.  It may have been Willie?  Please correct me if I am wrong.


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Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Mets not confident in retaining Jose Reyes

Pity the poor guy who has to lead off for the Mets next season.  He'll be the target of a lot of disappointed fans.  If he struggles even a bit, Citi fans will be merciless.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Mets not confident in retaining Jose Reyes

Kind of 50/50 on keeping Reyes.  But if Sandy didn't we couldn't sign him, why didn't we just trade him away and get tons in return???



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Mets not confident in retaining Jose Reyes

Star Blazer

Tejada is just like reyes, except he has NO power and NO speed. Tejada will produce 40 runs less than reyes.

The Mets have been mediocre with Reyes. Without him, they are much much worse. 

Take away 2009 and reyes averages 148 games played per season.

His counterpart Derek Jeter averages 150 games played per season. 


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