Maybe I’m just getting old and cranky because I couldn’t care less if Jose Reyes is the starting shortstop for the NL in this year’s All-Star came. I really don’t get all the angst coming from Mets fans over Troy Tulowitzki leading the popularity vote that is the All Star starters. In fact do you really give a shit about the All Star game anymore? As a kid, I loved the All Star game because it was a big deal. Both leagues and league presidents made it more than an exhibition game is was a game for the winning league to brag about its superiority but now it just a bullshit exhibition game, that the players find any way they can to avoid playing in or if they are bound to play, leave as soon as they get an at bat or a pitching appearance. The TV ratings are piss poor as well so forgive me if I don’t get all bent out of shape if Jose Reyes is not the starting short stop for the NL , he’ll make the team as the Mets rep so Mets fans find something else to scream about.
Staying with Reyes, as great a season as he’s having and the overwhelming support that he has from Mets fans who want him to be a Mets 4 Life, let’s be honest with one another, long term contracts hardly ever (maybe never) work out in favor of the team. As a Mets fan and especially if you are a t-shirt wearing, Don’t Trade Reyes protestor who will be miserable if the Mets either trade Reyes or not re-sign him, please tell me what the point of no return is? Do you keep Reyes at any price or do you have a ceiling on years and or money? Knowing that the ownership is swimming in the Red Sea of debt with a major civil suit hanging over their head at what point does it make sense to part with Reyes.
Reports are that now that the Entry Draft is done, Sandy Alderson wants to touch base with Reyes’ reps to see what they are looking for in years and money. The answer they give Alderson will determine if Jose is dealt or kept. Do I want to see him shipped out? No. Do I want him signed to a new deal by the All Star Game? Yes. But if the success of the season and the vision of an eye popping deal in his feature prices Reyes out then Alderson will have no choice but to trade him.
There comes a point where the fan base has to realize that this franchise has money problems and as much as we all wish the Skill Sets would sell and get out of our hair, we have no idea if or when that will happen. Sure most of the media who follow the team and have looked in depth at the Madoff-Piccard mess that has hurt the organization badly feel the Skill Sets are on borrowed time but we also have to come to grips that the team will not give Reyes anything close to a 7yr/$140+ contract. If Reyes’ agent goes in that direction, Alderson will excuse himself and call Brian Sabean and work out a deal. How can you blame him? If the Reyes camp works with Alderson and they can get creative with options and bonuses and deferred money then there is a much better chance of Reyes staying with the Mets.
I believe deep down, Jose wants to stay here, he lives here, and his kids go to school here and he has grown up as a Met. It’s all he knows. So I’m hoping what happens is both sides find some common ground and the team has the funds to make Reyes and Mets fans happy.
I would stay firm on the length of contract if I were the Mets GM, at 5years. The money, as I said I would get creative but no more than $100-$110 million. Anything more than that in contract length and money would leave me no choice but to deal Reyes as miserable and heartbreaking that would be.