In a transfer that won’t take their fanbase’s focus off of payroll, the Mets have agreed to phrases on a one-year take care of infielder Jose Reyes, pending a bodily. A supply stated the deal is price $2.5 million, together with about $500,000 in bonuses.
With Mets followers roaring concerning the Mets’ lack of spending on free brokers, this absolutely won’t be a transfer that quiets the critics. However the Mets supply stated that Reyes coming again is extra insurance coverage for second base and they’re going to proceed to have a look at free agent choices for a starter.
Neil Walker remains to be out there as a free agent at second base, or the Mets — who GM Sandy Alderson stated had been trying on the state of affairs “expansively” — might make a transfer for a 3rd baseman and transfer Asdrubal Cabrera to second. Whereas Mike Moustakas remains to be on the market out there as a 3rd baseman, he’s stated to have not less than one massive, multi-year deal on the desk. The Mets have additionally been involved with former Reds and Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier, a extra economical route.
Earlier this week, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and Alderson went on file to defend the Mets payroll. Ranked 12th heading into the 2017 season with a $154 million Opening Day payroll, the Mets fall far behind their fellow big-market groups just like the Dodgers and Yankees.
Wilpon, who has not often spoken on the file about payroll, stated that there “are other ways to get there,” which means success on the sector. The marketing strategy relies on Alderson’s suggestions, Wilpon stated, and they’re sticking to it.
With this signing, the Mets are definitely sicking to their plan to attempt to discover worth in smaller, shorter contracts with gamers who might have been neglected.
However the backside line was that they wanted some assist at second base.
Because the Mets head into spring coaching, lower than a month from now, nonetheless, their choices at second base had been simply Wilmer Flores and Gavin Cecchini. So Reyes provides them a veteran utility infielder.
The 34-year-old switch-hitter overcame a tough begin to the 2017 season to complete with a good .246 batting common with a .315 on-base share and 15 residence runs and 48 RBI. The four-time All-Star at shortstop struggled when the Mets put him at third base final season, hitting .200 by way of June.