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Mets keep Reyes, for now (and maybe later)

Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:22 pm
 
Way back when, Jose Reyes was the Mets player that the Giants coveted.

Way back when, Reyes was the player that you were absolutely certain the Mets would be trading this month. Even two weeks ago, at the All-Star Game, one person close to Reyes said he wasn't totally convinced Reyes would still be with the Mets after July 31.

And as for the chances that the Mets would be able to keep Reyes past this season? Way back then, that was laughable.

But after the Mets made the Carlos Beltran trade with the Giants official on Thursday, general manager Sandy Alderson said what had become apparent over the last week. He doesn't have plans to trade anyone else away this month, and he certainly doesn't have plans to trade Jose Reyes.

It's still hard to know exactly how much chance the Mets have of signing Reyes after the season. That's because it's hard to know what their financial situation will be, and also because it's hard to know how Reyes' outstanding 2011 season will affect his market value.

On the first point, it's worth noting that the Mets felt good enough about their money situation that they paid $4 million of Beltran's contract, in order to get the Giants to deal a better prospect (Zack Wheeler). There's no doubt that the lawsuit stemming from the Bernie Madoff mess has taken some favorable turns from the Mets' standpoint.

But even with that, Alderson was asked whether the $5 million saved in the Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez trades would be put back into the payroll, he said only that he was "fairly confident that at least a portion of it will be reinvested in players."

And Reyes?

"What about Reyes?" Alderson said, repeating the question on the conference call. "I don't know, $5 million is not going to get him signed. Hopefully, we'll engage him in the offseason."

For Mets fans who covet Reyes the way the Giants once did, that's sort of good news, because at least it is no longer a given that Reyes will be gone. Not only that, but it's now a given that he'll at least remain in a Mets uniform through September.

Way back when, that seemed impossible.
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Mets keep Reyes, for now (and maybe later)

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Mets keep Reyes, for now (and maybe later)

I think the Mets should do the right thing & re-sign their best player.He's only making 11M & if I were Reyes I wouldn't be happy with that, especially since lesser players are getting 16-18M. Vernon Wells is getting 26.6M.Reyes will be 29 next June.
Suppose a team like Boston offers him something like 90M for 6 years. Will the Mets match such an offer?



Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:30 am
 

Mets keep Reyes, for now (and maybe later)

Excellent post...the future certainly does look bright should all things pan out....This year has been fun to watch and the best is yet to come hopefully.  If the Mets can put a good run together over the next 10-12 games with emphasis on beating the Braves at least 2 of 3, the Wild card is within reach...Who would've thunk it?   Lets Go Mets!!!



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:59 am
 

Mets keep Reyes, for now (and maybe later)

I don't know if the Mets will be able to sign Reyes.  Combine Fred Wilpon's ill-advised comments and the Mets shaky financial situation with Reyes' sure-to-be outlandish demands, and it will be tough.  That said, the Mets will make their fans happy by both not trading him now and at least making an honest attempt to sign him.  Should the two not come to terms, a best-case scenario for the Mets would be the perception that Reyes simply wants more money, more years, or simply out of New York  The extra draft picks they receive have the potential to make the Mets better down the road.

Any maybe, just maybe, Reyes decides he really likes playing in New York and accepts what the Mets have to offer.  If nothing else, the Mets off-season has the potential to be more exciting than the regular season.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:00 am
 

Mets keep Reyes, for now (and maybe later)

Way back when, was the player that the coveted.

Way back when, Reyes was the player that you were absolutely certain the Mets would be trading this month. Even two weeks ago, at the All-Star Game, one person close to Reyes said he wasn't totally convinced Reyes would still be with the Mets after July 31.

And as for the chances that the Mets would be able to keep Reyes past this season? Way back then, that was laughable.

But after the Mets made the trade with the Giants official on Thursday, general manager Sandy Alderson said what had become apparent over the last week. He doesn't have plans to trade anyone else away this month, and he certainly doesn't have plans to trade Jose Reyes.

It's still hard to know exactly how much chance the Mets have of signing Reyes after the season. That's because it's hard to know what their financial situation will be, and also because it's hard to know how Reyes' outstanding 2011 season will affect his market value.

On the first point, it's worth noting that the Mets felt good enough about their money situation that they paid $4 million of Beltran's contract, in order to get the Giants to deal a better prospect (). There's no doubt that the lawsuit stemming from the Bernie Madoff mess has taken some favorable turns from the Mets' standpoint.

But even with that, Alderson was asked whether the $5 million saved in the Beltran and trades would be put back into the payroll, he said only that he was "fairly confident that at least a portion of it will be reinvested in players."

And Reyes?

"What about Reyes?" Alderson said, repeating the question on the conference call. "I don't know, $5 million is not going to get him signed. Hopefully, we'll engage him in the offseason."

For Mets fans who covet Reyes the way the Giants once did, that's sort of good news, because at least it is no longer a given that Reyes will be gone. Not only that, but it's now a given that he'll at least remain in a Mets uniform through September.

Way back when, that seemed impossible.


Alderson's #1 off-season priority is the re-signing of Reyes. Alderson has unloaded Beltran and KO-Rod's contracts. The latter was the most important because of the 17.5 million dollar stipulation Minaya "negotiated" with him. He in essense save 12.5 million, by simply sending 5 million to Milwaukee with Rodriguez. That's not even counting his remaining salary this year. Castillo and Perez were dumped and they come off. That's 18.25 million. Einhorn's 200 million will also be included. The Mets have the funds to sign Reyes.

Sandy should have payroll down to about 85 million. He's stated over-and-over again, the Mets payroll will not be 100 million, but closer to 115-120 million. That means offering Reyes roughly 20 million+ a year over 4-5 years is possible. He could always add another year, with a buy out. I could see a 4-year -90 million dollar deal on the table, with a 5th year which could make it 112.5 million(22.5 million per year). The Mets could include a 10 million dollar buyout making the package at minimum 4 yrs-100 million guaranteed. That way you pay more per year, but don't get stuck with the years. With a player like Reyes who relies on his wheels, it's better to overpay early, then be stuck later. Will Reyes turn down 25 million a year guaranteed? An offer like that may even prevent him from wanting to test the market. It's overpaying and expensive, but he's part of the Mets homegrown core with Wright and Davis. There is a chance Reyes' injury will devalue his worth on the market as well. So the Mets may actually wind up paying even less, leaving more money to address needs.

The Mets would then have a payroll of 105 million(or thereabouts) and truly could get by adding depth to the pen and perhaps a veteran RF as insurance, if Duda or Nieuwenhuis(top prospect, but has a sore shoulder) don't impress. The infield would be set with Davis, Turner/Murphy, Reyes and Wright. The OF is Bay, Pagan and RF TBD. The rotation is set with Santana(hopefully), Niese, Gee, Dickey and perhaps Pelfrey, if he's not traded to get that RF or bullpen depth. If he is, Capuano could be brought back or a cheap veteran to be the #5. Mejia(if healthy) could even win a job in spring training. Worse comes to worse, the Mets could deal Murphy to an AL team or a team in the NL needing a 1B/3B to fill needs. Tejada could then battle Turner for the 2B job. Josh Satin could be a dark horse for that spot as well.

The Mets have turned the corner because of Alderson and Collins leadership. Despite the incompetence of the Wilpons', this team has begun to believe it can win. Both gentleman are responsible for changing the culture of this team and it started with the firing of Minaya and Manuel. Alderson brought in 2 excellent baseball men in DePodesta and Ricciardi, then took a risk hiring Collins an old-school guy. All 3 have been huge. The former helped with scouting and that's paid off in deals they've made and picking up excellent additions like Paulino, Capuano and Beato. They also will be key in who they get for Rodriguez( 2 prospects coming) and also scouting and reporting on Zach Wheeler. The latter has fostered a clubhouse of belief and no excuses accepted. It's one of responsibility and accountability which is the converse of what it was the last few years.

This team is 54-51 despite a rotation that is 40-40 and a NL EAST worst ERA. Imagine if Santana was healthy all year? They lead the division in batting and RS, despite little power. They work counts, get big 2-out hits they(lead the NL in RS with 2 outs). This team believes and has rebounded from that dismal 5-13 start to go 49-38. This was done despite losing their power corner infielders for 2 months and Reyes for 3 weeks. Wright has returned and knocked in 12 runs in 7 games. Imagine if he was healthy the whole time? Murphy has been  on fire and is 3rd in the NL in batting. Reyes is having an MVP year. The Mets get contribution from Turner, Pridie, Hairston, Thole, Paulino, Harris, Pagan and Duda. Imagine if Bay did anything at all close to his norm? The 2011 Mets team has been Amazin'. They have a league best 31 road wins. They're one win away this weekend from their fourth straight winning road trip. 2 of those were 10 game trips as well.

Alderson knows he's got this organization pointed in the right direction. There is talent on the 25-man roster and now he has 2 young stud pitchers @ high A(Wheeler) and Double A(Harvey). Both could be in the rotation by 2013. He has a potential CF in Kirk Nieuwenhuis and RF in Cory Vaughn who both could be in those positions by then as well. There are also players like Wilmer Flores, Reese Havens and Jordanny Valdespin who could be middle infielders or even converted to the OF to take Bay's spot by then. J.Familia and Mark Cohoon could be backend starters or relievers. Signing Reyes and keeping Wright and Davis will give him that young, homegrown veteran core. That's how you build a winner and Alderson knows it. Reyes will be back in 2012. Put it in the books.


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