Monday, December 5, 2011

Front Office Failure Lost In The Emotion Of Reyes' Departure

First and foremost, allow me to commend the Mets' front office for not losing their collective minds and beating the six year, $106 million dollar offer that brought Jose Reyes to Miami. With that said, this is the first folly by Sandy Alderson and quite possibly one of the worst personnel decisions in team history. I am NOT upset that Jose Reyes left the organization as much as I'm upset that the Mets will receive a mere 3rd round draft pick in return.

This is not an issue of hindsight is 20/20. If the Mets didn't think another team would overpay for Jose's services this winter, they are more out of touch with reality than I have ever imagined. Therefore, if they weren't prepared to or weren't in a financial position to do that same, they should have traded Jose at the deadline.

Having come off the disabled list on July 19th, Jose Reyes entered the final week of July with a batting average over .340. The team as a whole was hovering around .500 and fighting to stay on the fringe of the wild card race. Anyone who thinks the team didn't move Reyes because of the wild card race is sorely mistaken. On July 26th the Mets traded Carlos Beltran, the teams best slugger at the time, to the San Francisco all but concedeing the season, as the Mets quickly faded as a result in the weeks that followed.

The next argument seems to be that Reyes was seen as a three month rental and nothing more. My response to that is that Carlos Beltran, a declining veteran with questionable knees who seems destined to land as a DH in the American League, returned the best pitching prospect in the Giant's farm system. Its foolish to think the Mets couldn't have garnered a similar bounty, if not more, for Reyes.

Instead the Mets will roll the dice with a third round draft pick, likely selecting a player who will take years to mature when and if he ever reaches the major league level. And yes, I understand that David Wright is the result of a similar pick, but lightning doesn't often strike twice, particularly in Flushing.

Finally, if you think the Mets didn't trade Reyes because of a fan mutiny, I really hope your wrong. Sandy Alderson was brought in to act as the adult in the room, as so many people have coined his role. That means he's here to make the tough decisions. The decisions necessary for the betterment of the team, regardless of what a fan base without foresight might think.

Losing Jose Reyes is not a franchise killer. The burden of guilt for his departure undoubtedly lands at the feet of the Wilpons, whose poor financial decisions have jeopardized the future of the franchise. However, Sandy Alderson and the rest of the organization's front office, who seem as intent as ever to rebuild the farm system, need to recognize these issues. A rare opportunity to acquire high level prospects or possible Major League caliber talent was wasted last July. That should NOT go unnoticed...

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