Here are the set of comments I take away from this brief interview...
"The greater issue is just what effect it has on the relationship between the fans and the team and uh that's always a consideration. Very handful of players that fans identify and in our case Jose is one of those and we have to take that into account... it doesn't determine what we will or won't do, but we have to take it into account and I think we are taking it into account"
"From my point of view the length of contract is typically more difficult to swallow than the dollars..."
Whether or not you take Sandy's comments at face value is really your decision. Many met fans prefer a pessimistic approach to all things New York Mets. That may lead you to think that Alderson is toeing the company line. Is he? Maybe, but at this point in time he hasn't lied to me yet, so I'm inclined to believe him.
I do appreciate the fact that, after only one year, Alderson acknowledges the fact that Jose Reyes has a special place in the hearts of Mets fans. The support for Jose was clearly apparent throughout the season and I think that continues today. I also think its extremely important that the front office has its hand on the pulse of the fan base.
At the same time, I appreciate the fact that Alderson has an idea of whats best for this team. As I've stated several times, I don't think the Mets should offer any more than 5 years guaranteed for this contract. If they need to include an option for a sixth year, so be it. However, guaranteeing anymore than five years, at least in my opinion, is a recipe for disaster if Reyes doesn't hold up for the length of his next deal.
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