Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are considering releasing Jose Reyes.
This is not, in and of itself, surprising, inasmuch as Reyes is not a good baseball player anymore. He’s hitting .141/.208/.197, with just two extra-base hits through 71 plate appearances and he can’t really play defense anymore. In short: there is virtually no reason whatsoever for a major league baseball team to employ Jose Reyes.
So what’s the holdup? The Mets wanna do something special:
A “proper sendoff” for Jose Reyes? This is something that is giving Mets executives pause? I’m guessing, if we looked even moderately hard, we could find 200 players more worthy of a “proper sendoff” from their organizations for being good guys or august institutions that didn’t get them before we shed any tears about Reyes.
Hey, it’s your franchise, Mets. Do what you want with it.
First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.
Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.