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Joel Sherman’s Reyes Piece

Posted By Howard Megdal On October 21, 2011 @ 10:24 am In Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled

So much of the Twitterverse, Blogosphere, and I can only assume, the Talk Radio Caller Archipelago of Shattered Dreams are up in arms about Joel Sherman’s column [1] today. The piece suggested that, after talking with several sources within the organization, that Jose Reyes isn’t likely to return.
Surely this can’t be surprising to anyone paying attention.
Let me put it this way: every possible indicator- from the large ones, like how precarious the financial position of the team is, to the repeated efforts to move the goalposts on exactly what the offer is that is too ridiculous for the Mets to match- once Carl Crawford money (seven years, $142 million), now possibly $100 million or less, to even things like moving the season ticket renewal date up from December 15 (after the Winter Meetings) to November 7 (before free agency begins in earnest)- all suggest an organization moving forward with a plan to present the PR case that they tried, rather than an organization actually trying to bring Reyes back.
It’s the difference between the pursuits of Vladimir Guerrero and Carlos Beltran. If you watched those, you know the difference.
I still hope I am wrong, and as long as Reyes hasn’t signed a contract to play elsewhere, a change of heart could theoretically occur. But it looks silly to me to believe this is really a 50-50 shot. It will require a fundamental change in the trajectory of this story for Jose Reyes to remain a Met.

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