This is something I took at a Mets Marlins game last year and now that he left, I don’t feel bad about it anymore. On a serious note, this situation was confusing now that I can reflect on it. If you think about it, they did not want to sign Jose in spring training, then explored trading him in early May. Alderson decided to hold on to Reyes past the deadline in hopes of resigning him this offseason.Sandy did everything right up to that point. However, past that point, he did everything wrong. First, he showed Reyes no interest. Sandy didn’t in any way express to Reyes’ agents that he wanted the player back and let him be in free agency. Second, they didn’t even make an offer. Don’t you think if you hold on to Jose Reyes past the trade deadline you could at least make an offer to him? It simply doesn’t make sense to me. He came back to the Mets and asked if they could top the Marlins deal and they let him walk. The man showed he wanted to come back and they didn’t even make Jose an offer. It’s just sad. Don’t you realize who we could have gotten in a trade for Jose? The Mets got Wheeler from the Giants for Beltran, imagine what Reyes would have brought back. Now all we get are a supplementary first round pick and the Marlins 2nd round pick. I would take the prospect with professional success over draft picks. I simply think Sandy did not handle the situation correctly.
Well, the day has finally come. Pending a physical, Jose Reyes will be playing for the Miami Marlins come March. It sucks, it really does. But, baseball is a business and in his heart, I think Reyes would have come back to us, but the Fish simply blew him away. First of all, in 3 years, I believe the Marlins will regret this deal due to his injury riddled past, but when he plays, he will be dynamic for them. Personally, I am mad and saddened that I have to see him play against us, but also I am excited. This means we get to see Tejada daily at short and possibly use that Reyes money elsewhere. We could acquire players and sign others. Who knows, maybe this will all work out for the best. Only time will tell. Thanks for your time in NY Jose, you will be missed!
Jose Reyes is a dynamic player. The question is however, do we need him to be a successful ball club? Through analysis of Jose, the answer may surprise. He is an incredible player, but with some trades, he can be replaced. Reyes gets injured, too much for comfort with a speed-oriented player, and that could make giving him a 20MM dollar per year deal a bad idea. If you think about it, we are signing an all-star talented first baseman, Ike Davis this off season as he comes back from injury. If he produces as he has produced in the beginning of last season. He can be a thrill to watch. With a trade for a fast center-fielder, and a mid season promotion of sky-rocketing prospect Juan Langares, we could stick the slick fielding Tejada at short and win some games without Jose. Let me repeat myself, I WANT JOSE BACK, I have just been thinking what would happen without him. With these lower fences, we can have a huge incline in offense. Our pitching will almost be the same with Pelf, Niese, Dickey, possibly a free agent, and maybe another top prospect Matt Harvey in mid season. 2012 may not look as bleak as everyone thinks.
At the beginning of 2011, I expected the Mets to trade Reyes at the deadline for prospects. Towards the middle of the year I thought we would keep him and resign him. Then, as the year dwindled down and the exclusive negotiation period began, most Mets fans including me, had some sort of sinking feeling that Reyes would not come back as the Mets are letting others “set the market for him.” I spent weeks reading experts and ex-players all predict that Reyes would leave. I was ready for it, and now I read on MLBTRADERUMORS that the Angels, Marlins, Tigers, Giants, Phillies, Brewers, Nationals, and Yankees were not optimistic about signing Reyes and the Giants think that he will be returning to the Mets. I don’t even think Sandy Alderson has confidence that Jose will return. 20 minutes after reading this article, I read that the Tigers are internally discussing going after Reyes. Do you guys see where I am coming from? This is a sea-saw of Reyes returning or not. I would rather him come out and say that he is not coming back then listen to 40,000 different stories. It seems like this is only going on for Reyes’ situation to. Pujols is expected to come back, Fielder to leave, Wilson to leave, and Ramirez to leave. Reyes is the one free agent where no one really knows where he is going or not. I want him back, I just can’t stand all the jibber-jabber in between.
Last night Jose Reyes clinched the NL Batting Title as he watched Ryan Braun go 0 for 4 in his game. There is a giant controversy that Reyes coming out of the game early was bush league of him and he should have stayed in the game. But, does it really matter? Ryan Braun went 187 for 563 this season which equates for an average of about .33214. Jose Reyes finished the season 181 for 537 or .33705. People are saying that the race could have ended differently. Let’s hypothetically say Reyes stayed in the game and went 1 for 4 on the day. That would drop his average to 181 for 540 or .33518 STILL enough to win the NL batting title. There is no debate on if the batting title has been fair this year. Congrats Jose you deserve it.
3 Standout Performances:
- Mike Pelfrey pitched surprisingly well tonight throwing 7 innings, letting up 2 runs (neither are which were earned), and struck out 6.
- Jason Bay went 1 for 2 with 2 walks tonight.
- Jose Reyes got 1 hit in 5 chances leaving his batting average at .331 (Braun is at .328 in the 8th inning against Colorado).
Mike Pelfrey has confused me as of late. His velocity has raised to the mid to high 90′s consistently. The one problem is that he does not have an out pitch. I don’t really understand it.
Jose Reyes has cooled off since the beginning of the season.
Josh Stinson has impressed as of late. He could be a piece of the bullpen for 2012.
Grade for the Game: C-
3 Standout Performances:
- David Wright and Angel Pagan each had RBI hits today.
- Jose Reyes went 0 for 4 losing his lead in the batting race.
- R.A. Dickey got no run support AGAIN. He gave up 2 runs in 7 innings, struck out 7 and walked none.
The Mets cannot buy a run when Dickey starts. It does not make sense to me how one player can be so unlucky. He deserves so many more wins than he has.
Jose Reyes is in a cold streak, let’s hope he can break out.
Jason Bay, although he went hitless, has still been killing the ball as of late.
Grade for the Game: B-
3 Standout Performances:
- Dillon Gee went 6 innings let up 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.
- Ruben Tejada went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 runs scored.
- David Wright went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.
Ruben Tejada has been absolutely spectacular since his recall from Buffalo. He has continued to hit and make spectacular plays like the one he did at first base. Great barehanded play by the youngster.
Dillon Gee was great tonight mixing up his pitches and keeping the fish off balance.
Manny Acosta was great, and wild tonight. He struck out 3 but was inches away from hitting Mike Stanton in the head.
Welcome back Jose!
Grade for the Game: A+
Who would have thought with Reyes playing how he is this season, I would have to write an article called, “The Mets have a Shortstop Issue.” The only thing is, I was in shock that Nick Evans was called up when Reyes was put on the DL. The Mets only have 1 shortstop on the Roster, Tejada. I was ok with that when it was just a few days that Reyes would be out, but now when he needs 3 weeks to be healed, there is a problem. Don’t get me wrong, Tejada is a great player but, he also has to play every single game at short until Reyes comes back and if he is injured, they have no replacement. The logical emergency shortstops are Turner, Harris, and Murphy. Turner, I believe, is way too big and slow to be a shortstop, Harris can play 3rd but he is an outfielder by trade, and Murphy can barely play 3rd, 2nd, and 1st so a position that he has never played before is out of the picture. I am worried with Tejada playing out there every day and personally, I think the Mets need to send Evans down, and get someone who can play short, offense is not an issue here, just defensive backup.
By the Numbers:
- Gee Started and gave up 1 hit, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts over 4 innings. He had to come out due to the rain delay.
- Angel Pagan had 2 hits including a 2 run homer that was helped by the gushing winds at Turner Field.
- Jason Bay had 2 hits today. A step in the right direction!
- Jose Reyes had a hit and an RBI groundout.
- Ruben Tejada had an RBI on an error in the first.
- Carrasco and Parnell each pitched 2 innings, Parnell struck out 5 batters out of 6 outs total.
- K-Rod got another game finished pitching the 9th.
I felt awful for Gee this start, he looked great and was one inning away from a win. However, he still was great letting up only 1 hit over 4 innings. He was himself again and deserved a win, oh well.
Angel Pagan hit such a high homer tonight that would probably have not gone out if the wind was not swirling, good job anyways.
The bullpen dazzled tonight going 5 shutout innings. Parnell stood out the most because he had been struggling the most and he struck out 5 batters in 2 innings.
Jason Bay was great with his 2 hits tonight, could get him back on track…maybe.
Grade for the Game: A