Looking at the current market and the cost it takes to acquire available shortstops via free agency or trade — it may have been best for Sandy Alderson and the Mets to retain Reyes.
The Cardinals’ signing drew quite a reaction from some big leaguers: “Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use,” Arizona pitcher Brad Ziegler tweeted.
The Mets entered the offseason with the hope of finding cost-effective players that would help fill needs and appease the fans. All they’ve gotten in return so far for their efforts has been a cold dose of reality.
According to Jon Heyman, the five-time All-Star is still looking for $310 million over 10 years from the Bronx Bombers, while New York is currently offering slightly more than half that.
The way the Yankees see it, Jhonny Peralta could fill many roles. The veteran shortstop apparently has the Bombers’ attention.
Tejada received the team’s final call-up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sept. 10. One day earlier and he would have been eligible for free agency following the 2016 season.
This is not the perfect market for the Mets, not the best time to have a ton of money coming off the books, but it does dovetail with the fact that this team has a lot of holes to fill.
On a day when the mettle of the Mets fan was tested by one discouraging story after another, there was a ray of hope on Wednesday evening.
Sandy Alderson stepped into the hotel lobby at the general managers’ meetings and was ready with a quick quip: “I was upstairs stacking our money. Don’t get excited. They were all fives.”
As far as free agents go, Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta are the cream of the shortstop crop, but they will be in heavy demand and will likely command top dollar. A cheaper option is 36-year-old Rafael Furcal.
Watch the replay and draw your own conclusions with your own eyes. There’s plenty to see. You can learn a lot about baseball and the nuances of baseball by watching this play.
“It was not difficult for me at all,” Selig said. “I spent many, many hours thinking about it, trying to be fair, trying to be logical and rational. I wouldn’t second-guess a thing at all. I thought it was eminently fair.”
Once the greatest player of his time, Rpdriguez was reduced Monday night to saying that he was humbled, at 38, just to “have the opportunity to put on this uniform again.”
“If all the allegations are true, then I’m glad they got caught and I’m glad baseball is doing something about it,” Royals reliever Aaron Crow said.
MLB has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation. Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez is on the list, according to CBS News.