Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How Could Jose Reyes Have Possibly Gotten Hurt?

Jose Reyes went on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury during the Blue Jays' first game of the season. Shocker...




Before talking more about Reyes, let's go back in time a little. In 1992, the Yankees drafted one of the most treasured players of his time, a shortstop who's amassed over 3,000 hits and five World Series rings.

During that aforementioned Yankee's career, the crosstown Mets trotted out two electric homegrown shortstops. They were glove wizard Rey Ordóñez and the boundlessly talented Jose Reyes. Ordóñez, who ended up with a lifetime on-base percentage of .289, bounced around the league before retiring in 2004. Reyes, meanwhile, has played at least 150 games in just half of his 10 potentially full seasons*. He's already been with two other teams since leaving New York.

*I think the Italians would consider him Fra-gi-lay.

Now, it's clear that the Mets were wise to let Reyes sign with the Marlins for six years and $106 million in 2012. After a strong, injury-free year with Miami, he was traded to the Blue Jays and re-boarded the Medic Express for half of last season. And this year he went down before he even played a full inning.

The Mets, meanwhile, received a compensatory pick in 2012 that they turned into Kevin Plawecki, a catcher out of Purdue who posted a .287/.376/.427 slash line in his first two minor league seasons. Like I said, the team was smart to let Reyes walk.

But even if the Mets have moved on from Reyes and are looking forward to a brighter future, it's impossible to ignore what might have been. As Derek Jeter begins his last season in the Bronx, the Mets have yet to resolve a shortstop situation that's been in flux for a few years now. The current stopgap-du-jour is light-hitting Ruben Tejada.

If you think about the Yankees/Mets situation as analagous to a couple friends playing blackjack, the Yankees nailed a "21" at least five times with Jeter. Meanwhile, the Mets busted with Ordóñez and landed on "18" with Reyes. They're still trying to find a run of good luck, and I hope they never do.

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