The latest New York Mets rumors have given us some insight into what they plan to do with Jose Reyes and their overall plans at the trade deadline.
We’re less than two months away from the non-waiver trade deadline. The New York Mets are heading in the direction of becoming sellers. A miracle could change this, but in the meantime, we better saddle up for a sale.
Two notable Mets rumors popped up this week. One involves something we have all been begging for. The other is a little more surprising.
The first of the Mets rumors suggests the team has thought about parting ways with Jose Reyes. If you’ve watched him play an inning this year, you can understand why.
Through his first 77 plate appearances, Reyes has mustered only 10 hits. Overall, he’s slashing .141/.208/.197.
Reyes hasn’t been much better in the field either. He has a .909 fielding percentage at shortstop and an even worse .818 fielding percentage while at third base.
Clearly, Reyes’ days in MLB are numbered. Unfortunately, the Mets aren’t ready to designate him for assignment until they figure out the most respectable way to end the misery. They feel Reyes deserves better. To that, I say the fans deserve better than what he has done on the field.
When Yoenis Cespedes finally returns from the disabled list, it would make sense for Reyes to receive his walking papers. Hopefully, management comes to their senses and does the right thing.
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Bigger than releasing Reyes is the news that Sandy Alderson delivered regarding the organization’s plans for 2018. According to the general manager, he doesn’t plan to undergo a major rebuild this year.
We also learned this week that Alderson’s contract runs through 2019. Could this factor into what he does in 2018?
Alderson knows he isn’t long for his job. By avoiding a massive rebuild in 2018, he sets up the Mets well for 2019. The core is in place. All he needs to do is make the right moves in the upcoming offseason to give this team a fighting chance.
Of course, the lip-service might just be a public relations move to keep fans in the seats for at least a few more weeks.
While I don’t foresee a Jacob deGrom trade or anything else significant, the Mets will listen to offers on everyone. Pulling the trigger on a big deal is unlikely.
After the 11-1 start, I thought for sure June and July would include some MLB scouting to see which missing pieces the Mets could use. Instead, we’re left wondering when they will finally release Reyes and just how far the summer sale goes.
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