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(Mets Need) Gold, Jerry, Gold!

Posted By Howard Megdal On November 23, 2011 @ 1:15 pm In Today's Mets headlines,Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

I am a longtime, unabashed fan of Jerry Seinfeld. And not only am I a fan of his work, I’m a fan of how he’s lived his post-Seinfeld life- doing what he wants, calling Steve Somers and talking Mets for 45 minutes, etc. It’s pretty much exactly what I will do once I have a hit TV show that pays me a ludicrous amount of money in perpetuity.
Lately, I found another similarity: like me, Jose Reyes is Jerry Seinfeld’s favorite player. And he’s taken the action of naming his new puppy Jose [1], in the hope that this will inspire the Mets to make a deal. [2]
But it probably won’t.
The Mets aren’t cutting Jose Reyes loose because he isn’t exciting enough, or because not enough dogs are named Jose. There are two reasons: the financial problems of ownership, and possibly (but clearly, secondarily), Sandy Alderson’s desire to avoid a contract that hampers his financial flexibility going forward.
But the obvious answer for the Mets is no different than one utilized by universities when they need a new gym or library: the Mets need an extremely rich benefactor to donate Jose’s potential salary. Those donors specify where their money should go- Wilpon Field at University of Michigan [3], for example. It is usually a cause near and dear to a donor’s heart.
Hello, Jerry.
If you believe there’s a price point where the Mets would pay for Jose Reyes- say four years, 70 million-then all Jerry Seinfeld has to provide is the difference between this and what it takes to get the deal done. Jon Heyman estimated Reyes’ final deal at six years, $120 million [4]. So the difference would require Jerry to kick in $50 million.
Even if you think every dollar the Wilpon group is cutting in salary is going to the Save An Owner Foundation, this plan could still work. All it required of Jerry Seinfeld is $20 million per season for the next six seasons.
Again, with Seinfeld subsidizing the Reyes contract entirely, it in no way hamstrings Sandy Alderson’s payroll flexibility. Indeed, by allowing him to spend whatever the Wilpon group provides him on just 24 players- and shortstop accounted for- it is a solution that allows the Mets to keep Reyes AND have greater payroll flexibility than they’d have without him.
For what it’s worth, Bee Movie grossed [5] more than $126 million. Jerry can pay for Jose Reyes without even touching Seinfeld money.
So I’m begging you, Jerry: please pay for the Mets to keep Jose Reyes. It is unseemly to ask another man to spend his money, I know. But Mets fans are out of options. You can become, in one move, to the Mets as Bill Gates is to world disease. And your dog can lead the Bark in the Park parade- a parade of triumph, making him the greatest mascot this team has had since Mr. Met.
Do it for your kids and mine. Otherwise, the 2012 season is going to be a show about nothing. And not the good kind.

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[1] naming his new puppy Jose: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Video-Jerry-Seinfeld-s-dog-makes-a-plea-for-Jos?urn=mlb-wp27507&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

[2] Image: http://mets.lohudblogs.com/files/2011/11/An-Evening-With-Ralph_Megd.jpg

[3] Wilpon Field at University of Michigan: http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7m6gOc1OOQ8AGw5XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE0NDR2NjMyBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA1FJMDI4XzE4OA--/SIG=127r8iq1l/EXP=1322101280/**http%3a//www.mgoblue.com/facilities/alumni-field.html

[4] estimated Reyes’ final deal at six years, $120 million: http://t.co/RVTTCeU2

[5] grossed: http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=beemovie.htm

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