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I don't think that was necessarily a bad call, seeing as it did seem like the choice was between Reyes and Wright, given the team's finances, but it's interesting that at one point, Alderson was quite high on Tejeda.
I know part of it comes from the Wilpon's Madoff issues, but it seems crazy to me that the Mets would have to choose between Reyes or Wright.
I'd rather a Nick Franklin or someone with potential... and I don't hate Tejada and would be fine with him being the SS... but if you ask me to choose between Tejada or Kozma, I'll go Kozma. A top SS glove could be beneficial for the young pitchers.
Ruben Tejada went 0-for-3 Thursday and is 1-for-15 in spring training. He made an error on a routine play, his third such miscue in his last five games.
Riding him hard didn't seem to be working, so now they're riding him soft. Wonder if this constitutes an admission that their approach last year was not the wisest?
Boras is a tool, but the qualifying offer system is extremely restrictive to free agency.
Reyes was my favorite player and I was disappointed when they let him walk, but in retrospect it's hard to be too disappointed with the decision, in light of last year's injury and the apparent dropoff in his fielding.
I know Boras is just trying to shape the public discourse about the QO, but to bring up the lack of freedom is disingenuous, especially when talking about a guy who had free agency a year ago with no draft pick attached.
Because he sucked in 2012, that's why he did not get a QO, nor did he get a "good offer" (or what he and Boras would deem a good offer)
he was much better in 2013, so if he'd been an unfettered FA this year like last year he would have gotten better offers than he did last year.
The injury last year was a fluke, but it's still fair to say he is an injury risk with all the leg issues he's had.
He signed for 16 million on average, say he had 4 years and 68 million left; would you rather the Mets have him at that contract or Granderson at 4/60? I'd rather have Reyes
Another good year for the Mets?
Even Boras isn't trying to claim "unfettered free agency at the exact perfect moment in a player's career" as a basic right.
but at the same time there's almost nothing I could possibly care about less than this story.
what he's complaining/whining about is the system is geared to allow players unfettered free agency when such right has less economic value to the player, but restrict it when unfettered free agency would be more economically valuable to the player.
Tejada's still really young-- he came up young, so it feels like he's older than he is,
I still can't figure out what the hell Drew is thinking at this point.
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