Friday, May 15, 2009

Say good-bye to Jose

It's time for the Mets to part company with Jose Reyes while his trade value is still high. He continues to make bonehead plays on the basepaths. He's reached his level of incompetence. It's apparent that what we see now is the best we'll see.

Minaya needs to contact other teams to see what they're willing to exchange. At a minimum, Minaya should see an experienced — but not too old — pro and several premier minor leaguers. One should be a catcher, and another a first baseman. If Minaya can also get either a starting pitcher or a corner outfielder in the deal, all the better. But he shouldn't wait too long, for the longer he waits, the less he'll be able to get in return for Reyes, a player who, at age 25, already seems to be past his prime.

Who'll play shortstop in Reyes' absence? For the rest of this season, Alex Cora.

Now, for a bit of fantasizing. Pencil in Sean Ratliff in the Mets lineup within a year. The Savannah center fielder is making opposing pitchers look like Little Leaguers. He had another dominating game yesterday, going 4-6. He drove in three runs and hit two triples, upping his average to .360.

In the Eastern League, the B-Mets eked out an 8-7 win over Trenton by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Josh Thole, another man among boys, went 5-5, increasing his average to .349.

St. Lucie got blasted, 19-4, and Buffalo's game was postponed: They're playing a twin-bill today.

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