Posted by Mack Ade at 4:00 PM
11-4-11: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2011/11/4/2538426/jose-reyes-roundtable-4-if-reyes-leaves-who-is-the-mets-shortstop-in - Now should Tejada's development falter, all is not lost. That's because just behind him down in Triple-A Buffalo, Jordany Valdespin will be waiting for a chance to show off his far more versatile skillset at the next level. Valdespin has always flashed game-changing tools, it's just harnessing them that's been the tricky part. That is until this past season when he finally put it all together for a breakout campaign where he batted .294 with 17 homers and 37 stolen bases between Double and Triple-A. People might not like his severe lack of plate discipline or his somewhat out-of-control style of play, but frankly those are numbers you just don't often see from the shortstop position, at any level. But again, he's frustrated scouts for years with his rawness so the fact that Valdespin will actually be two years older than Tejada come April should be an indicator that his development has been anything but routine and consistency is not a part of his game.
The Mets, bless their hearts, ran their triple-A starters deep. I must have seen R.A. Dickey pitch six complete games when he was on the Buffalo Bisons. Recently, Brian Bass of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) went a full nine, throwing 120 pitches with no regard to regimen or program. It was the playoffs! They went for the win! It was too much; my heart couldn't take it. I console myself with the fact that the Mets suck pretty badly. Working their minor-league starters like draft horses has not vaulted them into contender territory. Sacrifices need to be made in order to foster a successful, winning team at the major-league level. I get that. It's all part of the greater plan. Everyone needs to be on board, perhaps the team manager most of all. But I wonder how everyone lives with it. As a player, wouldn't you be frustrated? Wouldn't it be difficult to suppress the wild desire to win EVERY TIME? As the manager, how do you feel having much of your power wrested away by the guys upstairs? http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15404
As soon as free agency began, Jose Reyes and the Mets probably parted ways. The Mets are in deep financial trouble and are continuing the spin doctor approach of building a cost efficient team. In other words, they don’t have money. Meanwhile, Reyes is just 28 years old and easily the most electrifying player on the free agent market. Pujols and Fielder will get the attention because chicks still dig the long ball, but considering his position and his ability to dominate the game in more than one way, Reyes may be the best free agent available. Health is an issue, but talent and usefulness isn’t. He’s really the only game changing leadoff hitter available. This is just a hunch–the Phillies will go hard after Reyes with a bunch of salary off the books. They have a reputation of being an offensive team, but their offense has been MIA for a year or two. Reyes would be an ideal fit. http://thebaseballscribe.com/2011/11/05/quick-hits-early-hot-stove
The team the Mets are focusing upon the most is the Angels, who they know have had interest in Wright previously and, in Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos, have two young center fielders. The Angels will not move Trout, who made his major league debut at 19 last year and is seen as a five-tool cornerstone to their future. But Bourjos is a possibility. Two different talent evaluators told me they thought Bourjos was one of the three best defensive center fielders in the majors last year. Bourjos, who turns 25 in March, also hit .271 with 12 homers and 22 steals. If the Mets are able to get Bourjos and one or two arms from a group that includes Tyler Chatwood, Garrett Richards and John Hellweg, it could be enticing because there also would be a significant amount of saved money for 2012 — take your pick if that ends up in ownerships’ pockets or reinvested in payroll. http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/source_mets_open_to_wright_deal_UJ6FhfhAW6PtCnXHrS3CXJ?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
After having his option declined by the Cleveland Indians, Grady Sizemore is now a free agent. The New York Mets – in search of an upgrade in center field – automatically become a speculative landing spot for the former All-Star. Andy McCollough of the Star Ledger tweets that a Grady Sizemore union with the New York Mets is unlikely. Grady Sizemore was one of the best players in the game as recently as 2008 with his package of speed, power and defense. Naturally his name still rings bells among baseball fans. Not many people really know what type of condition and shape that Grady Sizemore is in right now, but you can’t help but doubt his ability to handle center field on a daily basis. Not only that, but how much money is he going to want? He made about $7.6 million in 2011 and you have to figure that is the absolute ceiling of what he’ll get in 2012. More than likely though he’s probably looking at a lower base salary with some incentives. Still, would it be a number that the New York Mets are willing to go to for a guy who may not be able to handle center field duty for 145-155 games? http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-mets/2011/11/05/passing-on-grady-sizemore-is-probably-a-wise-move-for-the-new-york-mets