The Mets should regret not giving Jose Reyes big money

Posted: December 17, 2013 in Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

With the Mets inability to acquire a shortstop this winter, it makes the Mets decision not to give former Met Jose Reyes even a contract offer, more questionable.

In his last season with the Mets, Reyes was coming off a strong season in New York that ended with a batting title. The Mets elected not to trade Reyes at the trade deadline, thinking they could resign him. It just doesn’t make sense why they didn’t make him an offer then but they still felt that Ruben Tejada could be a cost effective replacement. That wasn’t the case in 2013 and the Mets are scrambling for a new shortstop.

The Mets are unlikely to find that new shortstop based on Sandy Alderson’s recent comments. “We’ve improved the team at other positions. And so giving Ruben a chance to reestablish himself as an everyday player isn’t such a bad thing. But we’ll continue to monitor what’s there from the trade market and conceivably free agency, although there really isn’t much left there.” Alderson told ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

Jose Reyes would solve a lot of the Mets problems right now. The team is actively looking for a leadoff man as well as a shortstop and Reyes is one of the best in the game at filling both of those positions.

Reyes signed a six-year deal worth $106 million two years ago but based on the numbers that other shortstops have signed since, that contract doesn’t look so bad.

Jhonny Peralta got $52 million from the Cardinals last month coming off a PED suspension and is older than the 30-year old Reyes.

Elvis Andrus got $120 million over eight years and he isn’t half the shortstop Reyes is offensively.

The Mets offense despite some additions in the outfield is still a below average lineup. Reyes would have changed that as when healthy is a dynamic top of the order hitter that simply hasn’t been replaced since he left Queens.

Reyes, now in Toronto won’t be traded by the Blue Jays so don’t get your hopes up Met fans. This is simply the one that got away.

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