The Mets' Offense SUCKS, Is DFA'd Jose Reyes Worth A Look?
Guess what? The Mets' offense STINKS. It seems like the first half of 2015 all over again and it is scaring me and everybody else beyond belief. Yesterday, Kelly Johnson batted cleanup. Yes you read that correctly, Kelly Johnson batted cleanup. A few days ago, Matt Reynolds who is a Triple-A player, batted second. The reason for these insane lineups, reminiscent to last year's pre-trade deadline batting orders is injuries. The Mets second best hitter, Neil Walker is hurt, the Mets' home run guy, Lucas Duda, is hurt, the Mets' glue guy and team captain, David Wright, is hurt, and finally, the backstop, Travis d'Arnaud is hurt. Life of a Mets' fan right?
However, I still have faith in Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares, Asdrubal Cabrera, and James Loney to keep the offense somewhat in tact while those guys recover, but as for guys like de Aza (WHO SUCKS), Reynolds, and Plawecki, what real chance is there in catching the Nats and making a legit championship run? While the pitching does its thing as expected, something must be done to the offense like last year.
News came down today that Jose Reyes, one of the best Mets in recent memory, was DFA'd by the Rockies. He will be free to sign with any team for the league minimum in a few days, because obviously nobody is going to pay his salary or trade for him.
The Mets need hitting, and even though he isn't the same guy - he is still more serviceable than most of the Mets' current lineup. However, he was under investigation for very serious domestic violence charges (later dropped) and isn't a C,1B,3B, or corner outfielder, the positions the Mets really need help in. So I can see reasons to signing him and I can see reasons for letting him walk.
If signed, what an absolute energy Citi Field would have for his first game back. Electric. He was the most exciting player in that middle 2000s era when the Mets were so close to making the 2006 World Series (don't cry) and he would bring speed to a slow lineup, and a necessary contact bat.
BUT, there may be no point. Walker is coming back soon, and Asdrubal is actually pretty good. While the Mets are literally one batting average point away from being the worst hitting team in baseball, Reyes may not be the answer. The answer is somebody who will be good without a doubt and will provide a clear spark. Reyes' last game was October 4th of last year. As much as I love him he comes with a lot of risk. All of the commotion surrounding the domestic violence situation and lack of play just isn't worth the sign, but again, I could see a world in which he would make a difference.
If I'm Sandy I am leaving Jose alone, and shifting my attention elsewhere. He may be doing exactly that, but one thing is for sure, the Mets need to do something. And fast.