Reyes Signing In A Nutshell


For those of you with a short attention span like me here is the Reyes signing in a nutshell.

  • The Front Office had a clear line in terms of what they could afford to pay Jose.
  • This number was floated to Jose’s agents in a ballpark manner.
  • The Marlins blew the number out of the water.
  • The Front Office was very comfortable with letting Jose go and taking the compensatory draft picks rather than grossly over paying him.
  • For the record the compensatory picks include a sandwich pick between 1st & 2nd round, as well as pick 9b in round two.
  • It will suck to see Jose play for the Fish and their gaudy uniforms, but I am fine with how this transpired.

Showing Love Is Lame

I cringe when professional athletes start blathering on about teams showing them or not showing them love as far as criteria for signing is concerned.  The fact that Jeffrey Loria showed up at Jose’s doorstep at 12:01am on the first day of free agency had very little to do with #7 winding up in Miami.  The six years at $102 million had everything to do with it.

Love ya Jose, thanks for all you did for us, but come on man…you’re not fooling me.  Besides, I don’ t blame you for signing with the fish, no one else in their right mind would have turned that deal down.

At the end of the day, money talks and bullshit walks (I sound so tough don’t I?).  So let’s dispense with the notion that this decision was based on anything else but the very generous number of years and dollars Miami offered.

Something tells me Sandy Alderson has a similar point of view, and I dig it….

“If you’re asking whether I should have sent him a box of chocolates, perhaps I should have done that. On the other hand, the box of chocolates wouldn’t have cost $106 million either.”-Sandy Alderson

History Repeating Itself

A quick thought about the fish.  This franchise has a history of overspending on free agents for a short successful run, dismantling the pieces, then being irrelevant for a number of years.  Why is this current mad dash any different?

For the record, I’m not knocking it.  I don’t prefer it as I would prefer my team to build a franchise of long sustainable success.  But whatever floats your boat man.

That’s All I Have To Say About That

At this point, the Reyes drama is resolved.  Ruben is my shortstop now.  In the immortal words of Coach Norman Dale,

“My team is on the floor.”

Blame the Wilpons…

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  3. ichibanmets1 Says:

    Imo, and as you say, no one should ‘blame’ Jose Reyes for accepting the only formal contract put out there for him, regardless of the amount involved.
    I read the blogs every day and there were Mets ‘fans’ out there wishing him ill health, bad luck and sundry other negative things. I am not one of them. I say good luck to him and I wish him the best. When he was on our team on the field, he brought excitement and good play, and a lot of angst to opponents.
    This is a business, and he saw the writing on the wall after the Wilpon’s negative comments regarding him and DW, and Alderson’s direction for the team with the stripping of all the large contracts.
    NO ONE knows if he would have taken less to remain with the organization, regardless of what they claim. He had a lot of ties here and he did not go with Boras which is a big plus in my eyes. Contracts have been made for less money to begin with but other things besides.
    I would have also been thoroughly offended by Alderson’s ‘send him a box of chocolate’ comment if I was Jose, and I also thought Alderson’s shilly-shallying comments to the fans about his dealings with Jose’s agent etc was just stringing us along. He had NO intention of re-signing Reyes, and imo was using his comments to mollify the gullible. His plans were to take the team in a different direction.
    Fortunately we fans have been so disillusioned and beaten down that we have become cynical and it is now a matter of ‘yeah, right – now show me’.
    Jose is gone to another team now. My major concern is with the Mets. When we play the Miami Marlins, I won’t boo him or wish him ill, but I will want my team to beat his every chance we get.
    Ruben has good instincts and excellent defensive skills, I think, and has his own shoes to fill. I’m sure he’s working on the things he needs to improve his offensive play.
    The Mets will always be my team, and I am looking forward to an interesting season of baseball. We saw glimmers of it last season and I’m hoping for more this year. Rebuilding takes time, and the maturation of the guys in the farm system and the majors should be interesting and hopefully fun to watch :)

    • Jason Says:

      A very legitimate perspective, and thanks for sharing it with us.

      If I had to sum up the “Reyes” decision, I place the blame strictly on the financial mess the Wilpons created. If they were more solvent, the front office would have been able to take on the financial risk of Jose being potentially injured or slowing down as he gets older. I’m certainly not pleased the Wilpons put the franchise in this position.

      A Major League front office can only work with the budget they have. In that regard, I feel like Mr. Alderson and his staff are making the right decision.

      I’m 100% with you on your thoughts about those who wish Jose ill will. There isn’t a single one of them that would have turned down that offer if they were in Jose’s shoes. Just upset Mets fans venting and misplacing their frustrations IMO.

      It will be interesting to see how young Ruben responds to being the every day shortstop.

      And yes, Let’s Go Mets! I will still watch, and hope they figure out a way to win in 2012. .Even though rationally, I believe it is extremely unlikely. My willingness to drive or fly out to NY for a game this summer isn’t great.. I will wait until I feel like the Mets can earn my $ in terms of tickets. At the end of the day, that is how our voice will be heard.

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