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…