It was reported on late Sunday night, the New York Mets lost out on the Jose Reyes sweepstakes to the newly named Miami Marlins. The All-Star shortstop has reportedly agreed to a six-year 111 million dollar contract, as the Marlins are getting themselves ready to open a state-of-the-art stadium in the spring.
This isn’t the only big catch for Miami, who also signed free agent closer Heath Bell to a three-year contract. Both deals are pending a physical according to various sources. It seems as if the Marlins are going to be one of the teams to beat in the upcoming baseball season, as reports are that the franchise has also shown interested in free agent Albert Pujols.
Now it is time for Mets management and staff to move on from the idea of Jose returning to the franchise in its 50th anniversary season. One thing known is that Ruben Tejada will probably be the shortstop of the future for New York.
That is unless if Sandy Alderson and company decide to pick up someone the caliber of Jack Wilson, or a name that is known for being a steady infielder that can provide a steady bat for the team. The most likely scenario though for New York is that Tejada is going to take the mantle at short.
So with Reyes moving on to Miami, the Mets can now concentrate the money on other needs such as pitching as well as their other voids that need to be filled by the team.
Voids such as pitching, pitching and more pitching combined with reliable guys on the bench to help round out the team for next year. Alderson is known for being a creative General Manager, so the task is to keep the team relevant for the under $100 million payroll he is hoping to have.
Either way 2012 will be a sad one for most Mets fans, as number seven will be rounding the bases for another team in another uniform. The energy, hope and speed are gone…goodbye Jose Reyes-hello new-New York Mets.
Written on December 5, 2011