As most of you guys already know, former New York Mets star shortstop and homegrown talent Jose Reyes has taken his talents to South Beach with a lucrative six-year, $106 million contract with an option for a seventh year.
Losing Reyes can be classified as a catastrophic personnel loss for an already depleted Mets roster which has little-to-no depth at every position in the field, especially at shortstop, which Jose used to man at Citi Field.
Going into the 2011 season, the projected starter at that position for New York is 22-year-old Ruben Tejada, who admittedly has filled in decently for Reyes the past few years while Jose was on the Disabled List.
Tejada is a sure-handed fielder but doesn't provide much at the plate, which is where the Mets are in dire need of help after Reyes' departure, and something they were in need of even before his departure.
There is no doubt that this upcoming year's Mets squad will be terrible, as will next year's, and possibly the year after that as well.
The truth, which may be hard to digest for Mets fans like myself, is that letting Reyes sign wherever he wanted, and not making a huge re-signing push for him, was the right move for general manager Sandy Alderson and his staff.
The price tag was simply getting too high and it was not financially viable for the cash-strapped Mets to pursue that long and expensive deal for the injury prone, but electric, shortstop.
The prudent move for the Mets to make now is a full-fledged, no-holds-barred rebuilding in which all garbage contracts (Jason Bay and Johan Santana, I'm looking at you guys) are disposed of in the best way possible.
I realize that that is easier said than done, but the Wilpons (team owners Fred and Jeff) got the team into this mess with the Madoff situation, and they are going to have to find a way to get out of it too.
This may mean a lot of contract-eating and horrendous on-field play over the next few seasons, but it has to get worse before it gets better.
And that is just talking about the on-field play. The Mets' management has ripped all possible shreds of trust from the ticket buying fan base with how badly this team's finances have been handled recently.
This trust will not be easy to get back.
For the last five months of the 2011 season (May through September), Citi Field will be nearly empty due to the terrible baseball that will be played and the Mets' front office blowing opportunity after opportunity to improve the team while actually sending it into despair.
This team will not and cannot get better until either the Wilpon's finances get under control or they sell the team—I vote option two.
But there is a light at the end of this tunnel of despair, and that is the Mets' farm system.
Stars in the making like pitchers Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler, and hitters Reese Havens and Matt Den Dekker are just a few years away, and those guys just may help this team become a contender instead of a pretender.
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