Posted by Reese Kaplan at 7:00 AM
Consider, too, that the incumbent third baseman at the major league level had six hits (including two home runs) on Sunday, then followed it up on Monday with another hit and the game-tying RBI. It seems to show that the more he plays, the more he delivers.
So what would be the natural thing to do? Why, bench the guy who’s hitting, bypass the .278 hitting outfielder – Michael Conforto – and promote Jose Reyes to play 3B where he’s only played about 10 games in his entire professional career.
What makes the decision to promote Jose Reyes in the midst of a five-game winning streak when everything is going right at the major league level and everything has gone wrong for him at the minor league level even more ponderous is the announcement by the manager that Reyes was not coming to town for awhile yet. Then the club announces after the game that Reyes is indeed on his way to New York in time for Tuesday’s game against the Marlins. Once again the front office and the field manager are not talking to one another and making the club look ridiculous for its perpetual mismanagement.
Of course, since Terry Collins apparently is not the one pulling the strings, that means Reyes will be starting and leading off. To put Reyes on the field means that the Mets need to create a 40-man roster vacancy (60-day DL for David Wright, perhaps?) and a 25-man roster space. Someone will be shown the door with the likely candidates being Matt Reynolds, Alejandro De Aza, Wilmer Flores and Brandon Nimmo. Since Reyes is an infielder my money is on Reynolds, though on a performance basis De Aza is the major’s worst hitter right now. Still, he earns $6 million and cutting him loose would mean Sandy Alderson admitting he made an expensive mistake. Then again both Flores and Nimmo have options available and kicking one of them to the curb makes no sense whatsoever…but then neither does promoting the .200 hitting Jose Reyes before he’s ready and while the team is doing just fine for the past five games without him.
We’ll know soon enough.