I’m not writing this because Jose Reyes hit for the cycle tonight. I’m writing it because he has the talent to do it again. The Mets keep talking about Reyes and David Wright being the foundation of their future. Building blocks for the new stadium, you might say.
If this is so, they’d be wise to rethink their position about not signing young players to long-term deals. If they are the future, they should wrap them up now as to avoid their arbitration and free-agent years.
Imagine what Wright and Reyes would command on the free-agent market now. You really don’t think that price will go down, do you? The Mets would be smart to think about how the Yankees handled Derek Jeter. They didn’t sign him when they had the chance for $118 million. They dragged their heels and ended up paying $189 million.
There’s a saying if you don’t take care of your franchise player, he becomes somebody else’s franchise player. If the Mets really believe what they say about Wright and Reyes, then it’s time to break out the checkbook.