Two points I want to get to on things floating around the Web about Jose Reyes.
First: there’s a cottage industry springing up rooting for Jose Reyes to go to one team as opposed to another in free agency, due to compensation. Simply put: Reyes, as a Type A free agent, would cost the team that signs him a first round pick. Only in the case of the Marlins, for instance, their first-round pick is protected because it is in the top 15. The Nationals, conversely, are at 16, the Tigers 27, the Brewers 28. (Thanks to Joe DeMayo for this info.)
I don’t know, there’s something pathetic about this kind of thing. I’m not saying it doesn’t make sense- once it has become obvious that the Mets aren’t in the mix for Reyes, best possible outcome is worth considering. But it feels like knowing your wife is going to cheat on you, and rooting for it to be with one man over another.
As for Kevin Kernan’s column this morning, where he claims that Jose Reyes’ reggaeton song released in July accurately predicts that he will forsake the Mets, I don’t even know what to say. This would be a ludicrous statement if we didn’t also know exactly how dire the team’s finances are. But… we do. Trying to come up with some other reason why the Mets won’t be signing Reyes is awfully silly.