By Mike Steffanos
So now there is controversy that David Wright got a bigger contract than Jose Reyes, with speculation that nationality might have factored into the higher amount received by Wright? I think it's important for a rabble-rousing segment in the media to decide what it is exactly that they are accusing Mets GM Omar Minaya of -- is he the mindless pro-Hispanic chauvinist that was making the team "too Hispanic" this spring, or is he some jerk who's willing to be complicit in the blatant favoritism of a white American player over a darker Hispanic player?
I think we have too many hours of talk radio to fill here, and it's getting kind of silly. There are 3 simple reasons why David Wright will make more than Jose Reyes over the term of his contract:
- David signed a longer contract.
Jose signed a 4-year contract while David signed for 6. There more money deeper into the contract, as there are more potential high-earning years involved.
- David is more polished as a player than Jose.
Jose has tremendous potential, as does David -- but Wright has simply reached more of his potential at this stage of his career than Reyes. As a matter of fact, I'm often amazed at the veteran approach that Wright displays at the plate. He's a 23-year-old with the plate discipline of a 30-year-old.
Reyes has made amazing strides this year and will continue to improve. (Perhaps that's why he chose a shorter contract than Wright did?) Prepare to open up the vault when his next contract is negotiated -- at which point he will almost certainly be making more money than Wright for 2 years.
- All things being equal, power/RBI guys make more than leadoff hitters.
It's a simple equation of what sells in baseball right now. The guys that hit extra-base hits and drive in over 100 runs are the stars in this game. What's scary is that Reyes is getting stronger and may hit over 20 homeruns a year himself. I can hear that cash register ringing right now.
So to my 72-year-old Mom and any of the rest of you who let someone push your buttons with the worry that Jose Reyes might become a disgruntled employee of the New York Mets, relax. Both players worked out a very good deal for where they are in their careers, and both will be amply compensated for their talents over their playing careers.
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Trivia Question: I discovered by accident today that there are some surprising names on the New York Mets all-time win list as a pitcher. This only includes games won while pitching for the Mets. For instance, although Tom Seaver won 311 games, only 198 of these wins came as a Met. Who is number 10 all-time in wins as a New York Met?
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A couple of Mets-in-training make this week's BA Hot Sheet. Pitcher Deolis Guerra shows up at number 7 on the list:
7. Deolis Guerra, rhp, Mets (Low Class A Hagerstown)
As the season goes on, it becomes harder to believe that this guy was born in 1989. After an 11-strikeout gem Sunday night, Guerra has allowed just two earned runs over his last three starts. Since June 1, he has a 2.06 ERA in 66 innings with a 51-19 strikeout-walk ratio.
OF Carlos Gomez showed up "in the team picture":
Carlos Gomez, of, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): Prior to this season, Gomez was known more for his raw tools than his production on the field. Since returning in June from a back injury that sidelined him for a few weeks, he has been doing his best to reverse his rep. The 20-year-old is hitting .363 in that span and hit .406 in July and is hitting .435 in August. It is still mostly singles and he still strikes out too much, but it is still progress.
The Mets pushed Gomez to Double-A this season when it was expected he would be in High-A St.Lucie.
Answer to Trivia Question: Steve Trachsel, with 61 victories as a Met, is tenth on the team's all-time win list.