In fact, the Mets would’ve been better off building their near future around the 28-year-old Reyes rather than 29-year-old David Wright, who suddenly has general manager Sandy Alderson talking in long-term terms.
“No, that wouldn’t hurt me at all,” Reyes said of the prospect of the Mets paying Wright the money they wouldn’t pay him. “That’s good if they bring David Wright back. Wright is a fan favorite here. … I don’t know if it’s going to be important to [ownership], but I think it’s a good idea if they can afford to bring David back.”
But facts are facts: The Mets have picked Wright over Reyes, and not for the first time. In 2006, a few days after they gave their young shortstop a four-year, $23.35 million extension, the Mets gave their young third baseman a six-year, $55 million extension.
...The Mets should’ve fought for Reyes in free agency, rather than roll over and play dead for a division rival. A good-to-very-good shortstop is more valuable than a good-to-very-good third baseman. Reyes’ speed and energy would’ve been a better bet than Wright’s streaky pop at the plate.
But the Mets made their choice. They’re the ones who ended the marriage.
Posted: April 25, 2012 at 05:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
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