During last night’s game, Tom and I got into the Jose Reyes conversation. Should he stay, or should he go? A gray area topic that I have been trying to avoid, for fear of the thought of the Mets without the Jose of last night.
I do not envy Mr. Alderson when it comes to deciding on Jose’s future with the Mets. If he extends his contract and Jose gets hurt, he will be taken to task for listening to the fans. If he trades or chooses not to re-sign Jose, he will be lambasted by fans for every triple, double, walk, or put out Reyes produces for another team.
There are plenty of strictly “baseball” reasons to trade an injury prone player dependent on his legs when his value is high. Especially if it bolsters your starting pitching. This is a very unemotional thought and one in which any capable General Manager needs to have.
The other side of the equation involves our emotions as fans. We love Jose Reyes. We’ve been watching him since he was a wee lad trying to change his running style to prevent his sensitive hammies from hurting. We’ve watched him grow into one of the most exciting players in franchise history.
Sure we get frustrated with him at times. It is similar to getting frustrated with a member of your family. They may annoy the hell out of you occasionally, but you can’t imagine life without them.
It is ridiculous to expect Mr. Alderson to understand how we feel about Jose from an emotional level. He’s not being paid to think with his heart. The question for him is, how does he quantify the energy Jose brings to the franchise?
Adam Rubin summed it up nicely this morning.
….when the New York Mets’ general manager decides whether to Reyes walk as a free agent next offseason, or even to trade him before July 31, Alderson better take into account nights like Wednesday at Nationals Park too — because there also is a value in having the type of energy and passion that Reyes displays when he is wearing a uniform.
I’ve been watching the Mets my entire life. I can’t recall any other player that has brought this type of energy and passion to the club. This stems from the combination of his talent and his unsuppressed, immediate, reactions to what is unfolding on the baseball field.
Not only does this pay dividends to the players around him. Reyes has the uncanny ability to incite an entire fan base in the span of one play. If you were on Twitter last night you know exactly what I am talking about.
In my opinion, roll the dice and extend him. He is a home-grown Met and I don’t want him playing for another team. You won’t hear me killing the front office if it doesn’t pan out.