Listened to Chris Russo today on WFAN. Yeah, I know, I know.
Anyway, he kept going on and on and on about how Jose Reyes was fleeced by the Mets on his contract. His job is to talk and get things going, I understand that, but he’s way off-base on the Reyes deal.
* In essence, the Mets gave Reyes a free-agent deal three years before they had to. Yeah, I can see how they cheated him.
* The Mets gave a 22-year old kid a $23-million contract. Yeah, that’s taking advantage of him.
* Russo is right, other shortstops get more, but that’s totally irrelevant to Reyes’ deal.
Reyes has a lot of family responsibilities most don’t know about. He already has an injury history in his short career. He had his agent push the Mets to make a long-term deal, and they agreed, three years before they had to address the issue. As it turned out, the deal helps the Mets, but just because a contract is beneficial to a team doesn’t automatically translate into cheating the player.
Reyes got a deal he wanted, and his agent admitted they could have gotten more had they gone through the process. But, they had to sacrifice that in order to go through the process earlier. Reyes got what he wanted, and the cost of getting it now is getting less than he might have gotten in the future.
Russo is right in that Reyes could have gotten more in the future. But, he misses the point on the issue. No way was Reyes cheated. No way.