The New York Mets are having a very quiet offseason thus far, maybe a little too quiet for some fans. Of course when you have the type of decision that Sandy Alderson and company have to make-you’d be quiet as well.
In what is going to be one of the most complicated and toughest decisions that the Mets as a franchise has to make, it maybe a smart move that the New York GM is taking his time. Of course most of the Orange and Blue faithful know which decision the Metropolitans need to make.
That decision-if they are going to resign All-Star shortstop, as well as first batting champ in team history Jose Reyes. There are points both good, and bad on bringing back the guy…who was easily the MVP of the season in 2011.
First up is the bad, which isn’t really bad, but more concerning-injuries. Reyes has been plagued with tight hamstrings, and it has really put a damper on several seasons with the Mets. Manager Terry Collins said several times throughout the season, that he hopes to try to rein in his shortstop in future seasons.
The one problem with that though, is that the main part of the game for Jose is his legs; as he has used his amazing speed to help New York win several games in his tenure with the team. Of course there is also the issue of cash, which Reyes is expected to make a boatload.
Most experts feel that bringing back Reyes will not give the Mets enough room to sign guys in other areas, such as the bullpen. There might be an answer to that predicament though-depending on how much Sandy Alderson wishes to gamble with the pitching prospects with the team.
Another key ingredient to the bullpen problem, much like the rest of the question marks surrounding the Metropolitans-are the injuries. If Johan Santana can come back, it’d be a huge lift for the club in more ways than one.
With Santana in the starting rotation, Terry Collins can float guys like Miguel Batista, Chris Capuano, and Chris Schwinden as either starters or relievers. Of course that is depending on if the three starters even return to the team.
Of course Alderson also has some other options that he can look into, but are depending on how much he wishes to gamble. There are young-guns Jeurys Familia and Matt Harvey just waiting for a shot to make it with the big club.
The lone problem with bringing up Familia and Harvey is you do risk the chance of injury. Just look at Jenrry Mejia, who is still recovering from the tear of his medial collateral ligament-which he sustained in 2011.
Written on October 9, 2011