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SBD/December 5, 2011/Franchises
Marlins Show They Are Serious, Sign Jose Reyes To Six-Year Deal Worth More Than $100M
Published December 5, 2011
THE LOST BOYS: In New Jersey, Bob Klapisch writes the loss of Reyes "is an indictment of [Mets Owners] the Wilpons' collapsing empire." Klapisch: "Is there any remaining doubt the Wilpons are too broke to operate a major-market team?" (Bergen RECORD, 12/5). ESPN N.Y.'s Rob Parker writes the Mets' "below-market offer of $90 million for six years wasn't going to get it done and fell way short." The Mets can "act surprised when they see Reyes holding up that Marlins jersey at a news conference." They can "try to convince Mets fans that they did their best to hold onto what many thought would be a piece of their winning puzzle for a long time." But "none of it is true." The Mets "now need a new plan." If management "was serious about trying to build a team to win another championship, it should have started the process by dealing Reyes." Parker: "Instead, they lost him. Just terrible. Just the Mets" (ESPNNY.com, 12/5). The N.Y. Post's Bart Hubbuch wrote on his Twitter feed, "I covered a Marlins game in '09 where we literally counted 326 people in the stands. For Mets to be outbid by that team is beyond absurd."