With Adrian Gonzalez released by the Mets due to his struggles, many are wondering when Mets GM Sandy Alderson will let INF Jose Reyes go.
Reyes has been struggling all season with a .149/.213/.203 slashline over 74 at-bats. But, unlike Gonzalez, Reyes has a long history with the Mets.
Though Alderson said he is very aware of what Reyes has accomplished with the team over his career, he said during a conference call on Tuesday that any decision regarding whether or not to let go of Reyes will be based on merit.
"With respect to Jose, I'm very cognizant of his history with the Mets," Alderson said. "On the other hand, I can assure you that the decision on Jose or any other player is gonna be on the merits. ... we are committed to putting the best team we can on the field, and these personnel decisions will be made based on the merits."
If the Mets do wish to get rid of Reyes, Alderson said short-term and long-term perspecitves must be taken into account regarding the player who replaces him.
"We have to have somebody that we want to replace him that meets that threshold," he said. "If we contemplate that kind of move, it will be appropriate in terms of timing as well."
It was reported earlier this week by SNY's Andy Martino that the Mets would like to have a "stage-managed exit," for Reyes, with a retirement press conference as a viable option to ease Reyes out of the Mets' clubhouse instead of cutting him abruptly.
In the meantime, Alderson said anyone on the 25-man roster is there because they are valuable.
"He's on the roster. He's a viable player for us," he said about Reyes.
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Whether or not you believe Reyes has been given the best opportunity to succeed with the Mets this season, the fact right now is that he doesn't offer even average production in any facet of the game.
At the moment, Reyes is one of the worst hitters in the league, one of the worst defensive players in the league, and he doesn't even provide much speed/stolen base ability when he's called upon to pinch run. And while he hasn't gotten a ton of at-bats or time in the field in 2018, this jack of all trades bench role is the role he signed up for. And the role the Mets signed him for. If he can't do it, that's all that matters.
Jose Reyes was my favorite player from the 2005 through 2008 Mets teams that contended every season and made a long playoff run in 2006. He was the most electrifying player in baseball, and a legitimate MVP threat all of those seasons. It was amazing to watch.
Watching what is very likely the end of Reyes' career is sad, especially when you take into account the superstar level he reached at Shea Stadium. And I don't believe fans are mad at Reyes, because it's not like he isn't trying. But he is simply not part of the solution anymore.