Jose Reyes Departure Fallout
As most expected, Jose Reyes left Flushing. He signed a 6-year, $106M deal with the Miami
Guess what? Fred Wilpon was right: Reyes didn’t get “Carl Crawford money”. Good for Fred; I bet he’s laughing his way all the way to the
bank soup line.
According to various reports, the Mets never made an offer to Reyes. They just let him walk away. OK, it wasn’t quite like that. Rather, Sandy Alderson told Reyes’ agent what the Mets’ “parameters” were, the agent went numb in his tailbone after falling off his chair, then passed out from all the laughter, and once he regained consciousness, bid Alderson farewell.
I have been preparing myself for this ugly reality since the Mets chose not to extend Reyes last winter — when his value was at arguably an all-time low. But still, I had this splinter of hope that somehow, some way, the world would go upside down and Reyes would not get an offer better than the 4- or 5-year / $60M – $75M that the poor, small-market Mets could afford. I know the Mets finished second-to-last in 2011 with Reyes playing at the top of his game, and was pretty sure they’d finish dead last with or without Reyes in 2012, but if Jose was on the team, I might still have a really good reason to switch on the TV and watch them play. Now, I’m not sure why I’ll turn on SNY at 7:10 PM every night come April — much less, consider spending the time and money to watch the Mets at their fabulous new restaurant / food court in Flushing.
Of course, I’m being irrational and defeatist — it’s an immediate reaction to what’s happening (the beginning of the worst part of the next Mets dark age). As I step away from the ledge, I can see how this turn of events isn’t all that bad — I can even see the silver lining. For example, as a result of Reyes going to Miami, the Mets get the Marlins’
first second third-round pick in next June’s draft. And that’s SOMETHING! (What? Did you think the Mets would get something better than a 3rd-round pick had they traded Reyes near the July trading deadline?). Not only that, but I’ve heard rumblings that the Mets are talking with the agent for Jack Wilson. JACK WILSON! And not only that, there’s now buzz that they may also bring back Francisco Rodriguez. That’s right — if things break perfectly, we may get K-Rod back!
Happy days are ahead, Mets fans! Enjoy the winter!