Jose Reyes Still Ranks High With Most NL Managers

An article by posted on October 12, 2007

The Mets recently granted free agency to pitcher Jon Adkins, who was one of the players that we received when we traded Royce Ring and Heath Bell to the San Diego Padres.

Adkins wasn’t exactly terrible for New Orleans and posted a 3.99 ERA in 48 games, while posting a 2-4 record with 5 saves.

The other player we received in that deal was outfielder Ben Johnson who had an injury plagued season in which he batted .271 with only 2 home runs and 12 RBI’s in 53 games played.

As I said last week, I love Omar, but he owes us big time!

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Everywhere I surf throughout the Mets blogosphere all I read is more and more hypothetical trades, and tons of possible free agent acquisitions for the team. While all these things are fun to do in the off season, the reality is that the Mets are weeks and maybe months away from making any significant moves.

Right now, the Mets are probably spending more time thinking about who to retain and who to replace on the coaching staff, than who they should trade for and which free agent they should sign. As we get closer to the Winter Meetings you should be able to start seeing real evidence of trade talks with other teams, and even some free agents being wooed by Omar, however we are still weeks away from that.

I am absolutely amazed at how many fans are so willing to trade Jose Reyes and move Carlos Beltran out of center field.

In a recent survey by Baseball America, they asked every National League manager to vote on who had the best tools among all NL players. The results are very surprising…

Jose Reyes was voted Best Baserunner, Fastest Baserunner, Most Exciting Player, Best Infield Arm, and Best Defensive Shortstop.

Carlos Beltran was ranked second in the categories Best Defensive Outfielder (A. Jones #1) and Best Outfield Arm (J. Francouer #1).

I think it’s time for most Mets fan-sites and bloggers to get off of these player’s backs and start appreciating them for the amazing talents they really are. Carlos Beltran is one of the highest regarded defensive centerfielders in the game among his peers and all Major League managers. The notion of moving him out of centerfield to make room for Aaron Rowand or anyone else for that matter, is absolutely absurd.

Also, the Mets would be making a grave mistake if they ever traded either of these two outstanding everyday players in return for a starting pitcher. It’s a ridiculous notion, and I hope that newspapers, bloggers, and other fan-sites, can move on to something a little bit more realistic and constructive.

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