Would Reyes Injury Take Sandy Off the Hook?
We are all hoping that Jose Reyes‘ “tight” hamstring is not going to be a major issue. And all of the early indications suggest that it is nothing to be gravely concerned about. But if it is serious, and sends the superstar shortstop to the disabled list, wouldn’t that more or less allow Sandy Alderson to commence a fire sale?
Say all you want about Terry Collins‘ ability to manage, but the bottom line is this: without Reyes performing at a level above just about every other MLBer, the Mets are well below a .500 team, and looking up at the Nationals instead of running neck and neck with them. That said, if the Mets were without Reyes for even two weeks, any hope of making a run for the postseason is pretty much gone. Let’s face it: the idea that the Mets have a chance at the Wild Card right now, with Reyes, is far-fetched.
Which means that Sandy Alderson would be free to turn the Mets into sellers, and put Carlos Beltran and Frankie Rodriguez — at minimum — on the trading block. One would guess that Chris Capuano and Jason Isringhausen would draw interest — and both are on one-year contracts. Who knows, we might even see Ronny Paulino and Angel Pagan discussed; Paulino’s on a one-year deal as well, and Pagan’s combination of cost (moving toward $4M next year) and age (he turned 30 yesterday) may cause Alderson to move him in the right deal. If you’re going to start rebuilding, you may as well go all out, right?
A DL trip for Reyes also takes Sandy off the hook on another issue: he likely won’t be able to trade Reyes if he’s injured. Teams are hesitant to give up lucrative prospect packages for a two-month rental as it is, so getting a decent deal for a player who could be dealing with a nagging injury is next to impossible.
And finally, should Reyes spend extended time on the disabled list in the second half of the season, it’s all the more excuse not to sign him to a long-term, expensive contract at the end of the year. The Mets would be justified in deciding that they can’t afford to give “Crawford money” to a player with chronic injury issues.
Though it would be irresponsible and ridiculous to think that Sandy Alderson would hope for an injury — I’m certain he wouldn’t — at the same time, when considering all this, one would wonder if a Reyes injury would not be nearly as devastating to Alderson as it would be to us fans.