Reyes deal begins era of change in NY
December, 5, 2011
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesAs Jose Reyes waves goodbye to New York, the Mets must reconsider their immediate future.As soon as colleague Enrique Rojas reported the massive push in the Miami Marlins' offer to sign Jose Reyes, the New York Mets were left scrambling to confirm the information for themselves -- and by the time they had, Reyes had agreed to terms with the Marlins. All along, the Mets' feeling was that they were comfortable giving Reyes a deal somewhere in the range of five years and $80 million, but they were not interested in engaging in a bidding war for the shortstop. Sandy Alderson acknowledged that the Marlins' offer was out of their range.
The question now is what direction the Mets should take -- and with David Wright signed through only 2012 with an option for 2013, he is unlikely to be around when the Mets are rebuilt into a contender. It would make complete sense for them to consider offers for the third baseman sometime between now and July 31 to take advantage of his market value.
The Mets are justified for letting the oft-injured Reyes leave, writes John Harper. The Mets have lost their credibility, writes Joel Sherman. From Joel's story:
- Normally one who speaks with a wry smile and an even tone, Alderson turned particularly strident in saying that he does not intend to trade David Wright now and instead wants to find pieces to make the club better.
- "I am not conceding anything about 2012," Alderson said. "We are here [at the Winter Meetings] for the next four days to put the best team out in 2012 with or without Jose Reyes."