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A Reasonable Plan, Part 1

Mike SteffanosThursday, July 7, 2011
By Mike Steffanos

Joel Sherman had a column in Monday's New York Post citing two unnamed sources that Sandy Alderson is now "leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer after the season to try to retain [Jose] Reyes".

We started the season with most of the local writers, including Sherman, predicting that Reyes would be gone before the trade deadline. Sherman summarizes the prevailing attitude among pundits at that time:

Sandy Alderson was pigeonholed early in his administration as a risk-averse executive who would strongly reject the idea of a mega-contract for any player, but specifically an injury-prone one such as Jose Reyes, who did not have the Mets' general manager's favorite asset: elite on-base percentage.

Alderson warned not to stereotype him, and that decisions would be based on information absorbed during the season.

We should have listened.

I have no idea what Alderson's thoughts were towards Reyes heading into the year, but I always thought they were likely to be more nuanced than the media was willing to acknowledge.

Of course, even if the Mets do make a big effort to keep Reyes there is no guarantee they will be successful. When you let a star player in his prime make it all the way to free agency there's always the chance for some team to come along that is willing to over pay wildly to get him. As smaller market teams are able to keep more of their best players the yearly free agent crop contains fewer real difference makers. The ones who are available can really cash in.

Still, I believe the Mets have a reasonable chance of keeping Reyes. I know there are Mets fans out there who believe that the Mets need to sell off all of their assets and start over. While I agree that the Mets have to dramatically change the way they do business, I just don't buy into anything that radical. A large market team like the Mets should be able to reorganize their priorities without becoming completely unwatchable in the meantime. I'll be back later this afternoon with the second installment of this series where I will offer some thoughts on what a reasonable plan going forward might be.

If you are just finding this blog again and wondering why I was gone for so long and what the plan is going forward, read this.

About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.

Comments (4)

Media....Nuance. You have explained the issue right there.

i log on once a week just to laugh at some blogs- are there any serious fans out there who root for their home town team

in high school/college/sandlot we root for the home team yanks and mets work in the community its unpatriotic
to root for teams in pa if you live in nyc i don`t see boston fans rooting for mets hello wake up

I am getting to like this bunch of nobody's as a team.Now I am not so fast to pull the trigger on anybody. With the thinking who would replace them?I think we have some kind of team spirit, that was missing for a long time now, and I like what I see. I am watching almost every game and enjoying them.The last couple of years that was not the case.Sometimes they were like watching paint dry.

well twice in one week. new record for me to post a comment the empire, who played for L a the last few days
really helped L a how can he flat out blow calls that were not even close , not bang bang just outs WOW

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