Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Injuries Allow for evaluation...

Photo by Michael Baron
As Jose Reyes absolutely destroys professional baseball, his 11 triples a mark some teams don't achieve and his .339 BA have him once again dubbed the most exciting player in baseball.  And while the scores are 2-1 instead of 6-4 the team once again lives by the mantra, As Reyes goes so goes the Mets...

But the reality is that the Mets are in a transition year, which is a nice word for remodeling and what is the difference between rebuilding and remodeling ?  Rebuilding in baseball terms is a full tare down and start over, while remodeling is some where between new paint and a gutting...

As to where I stand I can find no excuse for not building around Wright and Reyes, so asking me to choose seems academically futile. Anyone else is fair game and while a guy like Pelfrey is only making a few million, that's a few million towards Reyes' bill plus the players you receive in return could fill out the roster at league minimum. 

With that said I will be more then surprised if both Wright and Reyes are Mets next season.  In fact I think the current rash of injuries are giving Alderson just what he needs to evaluate what he has.  It would be a dream infield to have Davis, Tejada, Reyes and Wright, but it seems like this is more about who is expendable because they can be replaced.

It's always been known that Ruben Tejada can field but will he be able to sustain anything close to his current .317 BA making his shift to 2B and Reyes departure inevitable.  If Tejada replaced Reyes, then Wright would be considered part of the line-up's power threat. 

The other evaluation I believe is of Justin Turner, he's shown to be an adequate defender at 2B/3B.  So Wright would have a replacement at 3B with Reyes resigning at SS and Tejada staying at 2B.  However, just like with Tejada the club has to decide whether Turner can continue to hit somewhere around the .300 he currently is hitting. 

If Turner were the 3B because they traded Wright, then the club is in the market for a power hitting RF and they have to ask themselves whether the savings on Wright compared to the PR fallout and what a right fielder would cost. 

What I would hope happens is that Reyes continues to have an incredible year forcing them to re-sign him and since Wright was always in the long term plans, they have to bite the bullet on both.  If they believe in both Tejada and Turner then they can keep Tejada at 2B and maybe try Turner in RF (played 8 gms in the  minors in the corners).  That seems like wishful thinking at this point in time, a large market team should never view keeping two homegrown superstars in their primes biting the bullet especially when their only committed to 66M for next year, but it does seem to be our current reality....

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