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The Mets would prefer that you not tell them what to do with Jose Reyes

Jun 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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Mets fans are starting to work up a pretty healthy “Keep Jose Reyes” lather lately. And why not? He’s playing well. He’s not easily replaced. Letting him go will be downright depressing.

The security at Citi Field isn’t too crazy about it when you advertise the idea very much, however. That according to The7Line blog, who tells us today that he was kicked out of Citi Field last night for being a bit too enthusiastic with the “Don’t Trade Reyes” message.

To be fair here, as The7Line acknowledges, he was likely kicked out because he was handing out business cards for his blog and stuff, not simply because he held up a big “Don’t Trade Reyes” sign.  Still, the way he was kicked out sounded rather low-rent, and I have this feeling this is going to be just the latest instance in which the Mets are cited for having a tin ear when it comes to P.R.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Well, the guy extended his fifteen minutes by a little, it made it to the morning talkers here.

  2. steve keane - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    “Still, the way he was kicked out sounded rather low-rent, and I have this feeling this is going to be just the latest instance in which the Mets are cited for having a tin ear when it comes to P.R.”

    In other news, the Atlantic Ocean is still wet

  3. catsmeat - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Eh, I think a better headline might be “The Mets prefer that you not try to hawk your website for free inside Citi Field.”

  4. alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    I’ll repost what I commented on that site

    Listen. I’m a Braves fan. Congratulations, you beat us in this series… We clearly don’t have our heads on straight right now. ANYWAY, ANY intelligent Mets fan SHOULD WANT Reyes to be traded, for two or three reasons

    1. Do you really think you are going to contend this year? If not, and I sincerely hope you really don’t think you guys have a chance to contend this year, why not trade him and get some pieces to build the future around? That makes all the sense in the world.

    2. Reyes is a FREE AGENT at the end of the year. Meaning he can sign with who he damn well chooses whether you trade him or not. If you really think you can have him back, trade him now and try to re-acquire him this winter. You might even have one of those protected draft picks and luck out that way,.

    3. The bottom line is I would guess Reyes wants to play for a winner. You don’t have that in Queens. So he isn’t going to re-sign. So, by all means, don’t trade him, and make your franchise the worser by doing so.

    • catsmeat - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM

      Also, the fox called, and he has some great ideas for the farmer on how to maintain security around the hen house.

    • alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

      why do i have 3 thumbs down??? It clearly makes ALL THE SENSE IN THE WORLD for the Mets to trade him…. But if they really want that 4th place finish, I guess they’ll keep him for a couple months

      • Paul Zummo - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        Because most people realize how idiotic your “suggestions” sound. Seriously, why do people get offended that other readers disagree with them? All of your arguments are either false or misguided.

        1) The Mets may not contend this year, but contrary to what some people think, the Mets are not years and years away from being in contention again. Reyes is only 27 and should still be in his prime when the Mets are ready to compete meaningfully.

        2) It’s easier to re-sign your own free agents. Also, if the Mets do re-sign Reyes then they’ll have to give up two compensatory picks (assuming the current system remains in tact, though that could change), therefore negating the value of the prospects they’ve acquired.

        3) Reyes has repeatedly said that he’d like to remain in New York.

        So go have fun with Dan Uggla, and just leave the Mets fans to worry about Jose.

      • senorstem - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:27 AM

        When you say stupid things, you’re typically going to get thumbs down. If you want thumbs up, you should say smart things. Try it sometime…it’s an incredible concept.

    • hcf95688 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:09 AM


      • alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:12 AM

      • alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM

        so i cite the word using an actual dictionary and still get thumbs down?

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        aint no Funkin Wagnalls.

      • seanmk - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:09 AM

        you call urban dictionary an “actual dictionary”? what you are nuts?

      • senorstem - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        You’re citing Urban Dictionary as a real dictionary?

        Apparently you are as slow as you appear in your posts above. I guess it’s your southern education showing.

      • jwbiii - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:46 PM

        Here’s a word I made up that’s in Urban Dictionary.

  5. alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    seriously, somebody tell me HOW it makes sense for the Mets to keep Reyes an extra 2 months

    • bennyblanco1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      The issue with your comment is that your assuming alot of things. Its obvious you read the papers and hear all the negativity.

      1. You mention that if they dont trade him, they’ll finish in 4th place. And if they do trade him, then what? They’ll finish in 3rd? They look no worse than the Braves right now and Davis and Wright havnt played for a month.

      2. If they trade him, and I’m not saying they wont, will the package returned be worth it? Sometimes you can be better off with the compensated draft picks. Look at the Rays this year with what, 12 picks in the first 89 of the draft.

      3. So reyes wants to play for a winner? Well who doesnt? Things change quickly in baseball. From 06-08 the Mets scored more runs than anyone in the league. From 03-05 they were terrible.

      With Alderson in charge there are obviously going in a different direction that years past. Trading Reyes for 2 guys in AA may not be the best way to restock your farm system.

      • alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

        that series be damned, the Braves are leaps and bounds better than the Mets. As soon as JHey gets healthy and Fredi learns to manage, the Braves will be a contender

      • senorstem - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        If you really think Fredi Gonzalez is actually going to learn how to manage competently, I have a bridge that I can sell you in Brooklyn.

      • bennyblanco1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:56 AM

        Thats your response alawson? You wanted people to reply and all you can say is the Braves are leaps and bound better than the Mets? Why? Because there record is a few games better?

        I’ll admit the Braves pitching staff is better. No doubt, But there offense hasnt shown much and Heyward, as good as he is, will not have the same effect returning to the Braves that Wright and Davis will have returning to the Mets.

        I am well aware that Mets are not a playoff team, I just wouldnt get my hopes up about the Braves either.

  6. alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    The Mariners were SOOOOO STUPID trading away Cliff Lee last year… EVERYBODY KNOWS you should hold onto players and not trade them when they’re going to leave your team the following winter anyway

    • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      Easy ‘son2. Lot’s of Mets fans and closet Mets fans on this blog, so don’t take it so personal. Most aren’t going to comment for fear of baring their tarnished souls as fans of the The Black Hole (as opposed to The Universe; see what I did there?). You really want to set a record for minus thumbs just suggest that Reyes takes his talents to the Bronx.

      I think you’re right; get what you can for him now, try to get the double whammy of draft picks and re-sign Reyes in the off season. But that would be smart, you see. No Wilpon is going to be that smart. Maybe Einhorn/Finkle is that clever but he’ll have to overcome the suckitude that is Fred first. Bottom line; ask Wilpon what he would do then do the opposite.

      As for my opinion on the matter (yeah Mets; I’m going to air this here opinion again. Try and kick me out, I dare you. I taunt you thusly; nyer, nyer); Just as soon as he can Reyes is going to be a Yankee and one Derek Sanderson Jeter is going to be mighty put out.

      • bennyblanco1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:02 PM

        You think the Yanks will sign him? And put Jeter where?

      • catsmeat - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        And put Jeter where?

        Out to pasture, one would presume.

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        Out to pasture if they’re smart. You know it’s not an actual LAW or anything that says Jeets can’t be platooned with Reyes, you know. Jack Bauer will not come to your door or anything…someone outside…dogs not barking… its too quiet…

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:21 PM

        I’d just as soon put Beep-beep in the dipsy dumpster.With a certain FAT TOAD. And I hear a certain third basemen, who can be relaced by Jorge Vasquez without a problem, can play a mean SS if we don’t get Reyes.

      • Paul Zummo - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM

        So let me get this straight. The New York Yankees are going to sign Jose Reyes, rpesumably pay him in the vicinity of $20 million, and then platoon him with a 38-year old declining shortstop, also being paid roughly that amount. And you think this is a plausible scenario how?

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        Platoon is too strong a word; I’d go with a set of words that sound something like “bench his a$$ and let Reyes play SS”. Every once in a while, in a home game, with a big lead, let Jeets play a bit. Maybe work his way to 3000 hits that way and DHing. As for the money; take it out of Pugsley’s cigarette & buffet money. You can’t tell me The Universe has cash flow problems to the point that they can’t afford to do this.

      • bennyblanco1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:36 PM

        They can afford to do whatever they want. But paying Jeter all that $$ to play an occasional home game seems too crazy. Even for the Yanks.

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM

        Paying Jeets and Posada to look horrific is crazy. Being stuck with a bad contract is merely Wilponian, not crazy per se. Just bad judgement and hey, the guy was the SACK for ever so why not pay him to polish pine in his dotage?

        I know that Reyes as a Yankee isn’t sensible from a dollar value or fan fave value or even out of sentiment for El Capitan. Since I am as sentimental as a Cub’s fan I can actually see the illogic in doing nothing about Jeets. However once the logic of winning is factored in…Jeets and his chubby contract needs to ride them some pine. Reyes helps them pull away from the tight competition that IS the AL East. If this was Big George there would not be an argument. This would have already happened.

      • bennyblanco1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:01 PM

        I agree about George. He would love to stick it to the Mets by signing Reyes. But do his sons wanna stick to Jeter?

        Lotta games left this year.

  7. Panda Claus - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    I sense some alawson2 hate in the house this morning.

    In the case of the Mariners, they probably were better off getting Justin Smoak back in that trade instead of a draft choice.

    • alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      ex-fucking-actly… which is similar to what the Mets should do

      • senorstem - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM

        Except if you’re not going to get a player of that talent level back, it makes no sense to move him. Especially if the Mets want to have a chance to re-sign him, which Alderson said they want. They want to make him an offer because they know how important he is to the team.

    • paperlions - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      If I had to guess, it may have started with him spamming his own blog in another post, which annoys approximately 100% of people, give or take 0%.

      Then, he wrote a rather “captain obvious” post as if it was an original idea, and used “worser” in it. Then tried to defend the use of a non-word by citing and referring to it as “an actual dictionary”. [Hint: not a word and not an actual dictionary.]

      Then he got defensive about getting thumbs down votes, which always gives rise to more thumbs down votes.

      Plus, it’s Monday.

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM


  8. aronmantoo - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    If i were a baseball GM I wouldn’t trade for Reyes. I’d wait and get into a bidding war and keep my players.

  9. antifreeze27 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    The Mets of the last couple of years remind me SO much of the Yankees of the late 80’s – early 90’s that I grew up watching. A handful of superstars and the team shouldn’t be as bad as they are, but the front office and management have made the franchise a laughingstock. They should hire Showalter in 3 years after he wears out his welcome in Baltimore.

  10. sdelmonte - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    The Mets’ customer service is as messed as its ownership. My brother had a bizarre encounter with an usher last week that left him shaking his head.

  11. kev86 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Trade Reyes? No way Jose. If so, the Mets better get A LOT in return. JOSE FOR MVP!!!

  12. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Some advice for you, alawson2:

    You have your opinion…stick with it. If you get a lot of thumbs down, don’t worry about it. Doesn’t make them right and you wrong. Just makes for good debate. In this case, there are pros and cons for trading Reyes and neither side is right or wrong.

    • Paul Zummo - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      neither side is right or wrong.

      In a way, both sides are right. But in another more accurate way, those opposed to trading Reyes are right.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        Then there are guys like this who have their opinion and it is right and that is it with no reason for debate or argument. So you have to kinda have thick skin around here. I know there’s always the urge to tell dickweeds like this to f-off. But resist that urge. Tell them that you respectfully agree to disagree. Because not all debates require a winner…especially ones as subjective as this one.

      • Paul Zummo - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:06 PM

        Dude, I was mainly trying to get a Simpsons reference in. You’re the guy so tightly wound that I’m sure if I gave a lump of coal in six weeks I’d get a diamond back.

  13. alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Do people think the Mets are going to contend, say, any time in the next 3 years??? I certainly don’t see that happening

  14. alawson2 - Jun 6, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    and technically urbandictionary is a dictionary

    • wlschneider09 - Jun 6, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      yeah, like wikipedia is an encyclopedia…. only less so.

    • senorstem - Jun 6, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      It’s not a reputable dictionary, considering that anyone can edit it and post any word they’d like.

  15. spudchukar - Jun 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Here to defend you on your baseball positions. The other stuff is your own problem, with this caveat, all languages evolve and every word and expression was coined somewhere. OK, on to Reyes. The Mets are currently 7 back and only two ahead of the Nats who will be getting their best player back soon. So it sure isn’t crazy to consider throwing in the towel, if not now very soon. particularly when this same team finished 4th last year. And with Reyes playing arguably his best baseball ever his trade value may indeed be at its best in quite awhile. To me, it all comes down to who they can get and how much they are willing to pay Reyes if he stays. With the Wilpons in such financial difficulties, it could be impossible to re-sign him whether he wishes to stay or not. Something tells me Mets fans are not going to be patient enough to be satisfied with the compensation picks. If all parameters were even I would say it is a tough call, but due to the fact that the Braves, Marlins, and Nats are all young and on the upswing I would lean toward moving him now, along with Beltran, Bay, Wright and Santana, start over, and hope to contend in a couple of years. The present nucleus has been too fragile to count on, and in my opinion isn’t capable of competing with the other clubs in the division.

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