Jose Reyes Is Ready To Run: Will He and Wright Run The Mets In 2010?

Wendy AdairAnalyst IFebruary 2, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 13:  (L-R)  Manager Jerry Manual, David Wright #5, Jose Reyes #7 and Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets during pre game introductions prior to playing the San Diego Padres on April 13, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea Stadium as the Mets home field.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Jose Reyes has declared himself ready for the start of the 2010 season and seems excited to put on a show this spring and summer.

The Mets desperately missed Jose Reyes during his lengthy absence last season after only 36 games, both his speed and his energy.

It did affect all of the Mets but of all the Mets players, David Wright was probably the most affected by the absence of his good friend and infield partner.

There were reports that there was friction between them this season when it was apparent that what Reyes had been doing to treat his leg was not working, but time will tell if things will be back to normal with these young stars.

Wright picked up much of Reyes' slack on the base paths, as he was the team's stolen base leader, which did neutralize some of the criticism of his drop in HR production.  He actually managed to swipe four bases against the Giants in one game—something that Reyes has yet to accomplish.

Carlos Beltran will miss at least the first month of the season and Carlos Delgado will likely not be on the Mets at all in 2010, so this team will likely be led by Wright, Reyes, Santana, and Rodriguez.

The addition of Jason Bay to the lineup and the probable emergence of both Jeff Francoeur and Daniel Murphy as everyday players should help Reyes and Wright both on and off the field.

A lot of the Mets will be monitored closely this season, but Jose Reyes and David Wright, if healthy, should be watched closer as they are the apparent future of this team.