The New York Mets ownership could take a lesson from the their neighbors in the Bronx.
A team doesn’t let their best player go without a fight, but when your owner is broke and too selfish to sell a team he can’t afford, guess who is going to suffer?
The team, and that is exactly what happened to the Mets when the news broke via FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweet that shortstop Jose Reyes signed a 6-year, $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical.
Mets fans will be livid with this news and knowing that no offer was even on the table to Reyes in the first place, but what could they really expect.
In essence, leaving the Mets and Alderson hogged tied with zero money to spend; but according to a recent article I read on Mets Merized Online this was not a surprise for Alderson, as he knew this coming into the job.
Still, regardless of the Mets financial history, it doesn’t change that their best player has gone to a division rival; along with the promises Wilpon made to give Mets fans a winning team, which is clear by the payroll being lowered to under $100 million.
To a fan this just seems like more lies out of a selfish man’s mouth.
Wilpon needs to put aside his inflated ego and do what is right, which to sell the team. It is not fair to the city of New York, but mainly to the loyal Mets fans that have suffered way too much already.
This team plays in the biggest spotlight, and has been in the shadow of the New York Yankees for way to long without a fighting chance to compete.
My guess is losing Reyes is just the start of more misery in Queens, and the only person to blame is Fred Wilpon.
Hopefully it won’t get to the point were Citi-Field is empty, as MLB commissioner Bud Selig can force the sale as Wilpon owes baseball $25 million that was to be paid by this past November but it was not.
Look, if all the other rumored debt the Wilpon family is supposedly up to their ears in is deemed true, the Mets could get a new owner sooner, than later.
For now it is adios to Jose Reyes, and all hope that maybe 2012 would be a baby step in the right direction for the New York Mets.
It certainly makes me appreciate the Yankees ownership a lot more, as team always comes first in the Bronx.
- Mets, Marlins, Reyes (sportsdivagirl.wordpress.com)
- Marlins to Reyes: Bienvenido a Miami! (timesunion.com)
- Report: Mets Lose Reyes To Marlins; Shortstop To Sign 6-Year Deal (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- New Miami Marlins Trying To Spend Like New York Yankees (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Marlins sign Reyes to six-year deal (sports.nationalpost.com)
- Report: Marlins Offer Jose Reyes $111 Million Over Six Years, Mets Out Of Bidding (tracking.si.com)
- Reyes Leaving Mets for the Marlins (bats.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Jose Reyes Signs with Miami Marlins and Leaves a Fanbase to Rebuild (bleacherreport.com)
- Jose Reyes, Marlins Agree At $106 Million (huffingtonpost.com)
- Mets Fall Out of Running for Reyes (online.wsj.com)