Jose Reyes, considered by many to be one of the game’s best leadoff men when healthy, is by most accounts from Port St. Lucie, looking great and ready to go. But is he really a great leadoff hitter?
Sorry to disappoint you, but a career .335 OBP is far from great and as far as leadoff men goes, I’d say it’s probably below average. Even in his best season in 2006, Jose Reyes topped out at a good, but not great, .354 on-base percentage. <yawn>
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the team wants Jose Reyes to improve his on-base percentage before they even consider giving him the multi-year deal he craves. Thank the Almighty, that sanity now prevails in the front office in Flushing, because I have no doubt that if Omar Minaya was still running the carnival, Reyes would have been in the first year of a 7-year, $120 million dollar mega-deal right now.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Jose Reyes. He has great energy, he’s a likable guy, I love watching him leg out a triple, and he does cause some chaos for opposing pitchers whenever he’s on base. (keyword being whenever)
Any baseball purist will tell you that the main job of any leadoff man is to get on base, and in 2010 Reyes was a huge disappointment in that regard; posting a.321 OBP. How bad is that? Even Luis Castillo danced circles around Jose Reyes last season with a .337 OBP. (How you like me now!)
I want the Mets to field a great product year after year, and giving a player $100 million dollars to foul up the top of your order is a terrible idea. So my advice to Jose Reyes is, shape up or ship out.
I know that many will disagree, but this is about winning baseball games and not personalities.