Theres been alot of talk about the Mets chances to bring Jose back for next year. So much so, that at this point I feel its at best a 50-50 shot. In my opinion, if the day comes that Jose is wearing another jersey it will not come as such a surprise. This is the business of baseball and it isnt the first time a major star goes to another team during free agency. The Mets will just become average at short stop just like most of Major League baseball. I dont think alot of people give Ruben enough credit on how much he has improved his game and undervalue his potential. That being said, the phrase “As Jose Reyes goes, so goes the Mets” should(in my opinion) directly apply to David Wright. I believe that if Jose goes, David might not be too far behind. David Murphy would obviously be the replacement in the event David leaves but I sometimes wonder if thats the road the Mets are heading.
Its no secret that the Mets have not gotten the best “bang for your buck” ballclub. With every success of teams like the Rays and Cardinals, it comes as a huge slap in the face of teams that consistently hold a payroll in the top 5(which we have been a part of for some time). One thing that I never understood is how a team is labeled “small market” because of how much money they spend when clearly money doesnt necessary equal success. Mets are looking to be between 100-110 mil next year and im sure Sandy would want it to be even less than that. What im trying to say here basically is that I believe in Sandy and having an effective payroll. I dont mind having a ballclub sub 100 mill.
I like David, he is a heck of a player and its not his fault(entirely) that the Mets could not get it done when they should have. They were on the cusp of being something epic in 2006, a force that can go toe to toe with anybody. As the failures mounted every year since then it became obvious that they lacked something…substance. Ive always found it fascinating during the 90′s and to a certain extent now that a team like the Braves can lose a player and would call up some nobody in AAA but this kid would play at the same level or better than the guy who went down. Ive always wondered how come the Mets would seem to have to cover up their holes every year with people in free agency and the guys who did come up didnt last very long. It boils down to the basics…scouting and development. Terry set the culture, Sandy is the man with a plan and while it hasnt produced instant results, rarely does long term success come instantly as well. If this is the end of the dynamic duo, thanks for the memories and lets just turn the page for the next era of the Mets.