According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, the newly acquire Miami Marlin and former New York Met, José Reyes was upset at the fact that the Mets did not make an offer to retain the veteran shortstop.
But can you really blame them?
Let's put this one into perspective for all of you wondering why the Mets didn't push harder for Reyes.
Point numero uno. Here is a guy who is coming off a career year—one far better than any season he has ever had. The money he wanted (and received) would have depleted the Mets resources for this offseason and they had far more glaring holes to fill. If they were to give Reyes the $106 million that he was given by Miami, the Mets would have had little elbow room to make the moves they planned on making this offseason.
Second, as of late, Reyes' ability to stay on the field for a full season (150 games or more) has been frustrating to say the least. In the past three seasons, Reyes has missed a total of 191 games (126 in 2009, 29 in 2010 and 36 in 2011). To put that many eggs in one basket for a guy who has struggled to stay on the diamond consistently is franchise suicide for a team in the financial mess the Mets are in. Sandy Alderson was brought in for one main reason, he is good with money and building a team with minimal funding.
Not to say the Mets can't afford to pay people, its just more logical for the franchise that we are careful with our money the next few years and maximize the value we are getting for that precious cash.
Next, Reyes is someone the Mets could actually afford to give up and not take a big hit talent wise. Ruben Tejada may not be José with the bat, but his fielding is uncanny, he showed vast improvement hitting in 2011 and he is a very young player with a lot of time to develop. The confidence this kid shows in all facets of his game set him up to do big things in the major leagues for years to come.
Reyes does have that "wow factor" when he steps up to the plate, but with the dimensions of Citi Field being reduced, it hurts his game a little bit. He is a great player and when on the field, he can change the game in an instant, but the Mets are prepping for their future and they can make their rebuilding process a little easier by conserving cash now and waiting for the big free agency market next year.
After the 2012 season, here is a list of players that will be free agents and who the Mets would realistically go after.
Pitchers: John Danks, Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, Dan Haren, Shawn Marcum, Brandon Mccarthy, Jonathan and Anibal Sanchez, Ervin Santana, Matt Cain, James Shields, Brandon League, Hong Chi-Kuo, Sean Marshall, Joakim Soria
Position Players: Delmon Young, B.J. Upton, Shane Victorino, Melky Cabrera, Carlos Quentin, Curtis Granderson (2013 option), Josh Hamilton, Kevin Youkilis, Mark Reynolds
So you see, this year is not the year the Mets should be spending. If the Andres Torres project doesn't work out, there are plenty of outfielders the Mets can go for, not to mention if David Wright decides to part ways with New York, there are some back up plans.
Reyes will make the Marlins significantly better and it does hurt the Mets that he is gone, but when you take a look at the big picture, the best move for the Mets was to let another team take the chance on him and go rebuild the club elsewhere.
What do you think?
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