The suggestion that the New York Mets "intend to follow the Boston Red Sox template" is not news, but more of the same; more of what Sandy Alderson has been saying since Day One.
For better or worse, Michael Bourn fell off the New York Mets radar Monday when he agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cleveland Indians.
Hearing that assessment from an unbiased third party – not a Mets fan, a columnist or blogger – is a telling statement about what the rest of baseball thinks of Reyes. His bat is red hot. His health: never better. His stock is at an all-time high. As the Mets hopes for a post-season run wear thin, the plot thickens and the debate over Reyes' future in New York rages on.
Monday it was reported John Lackey had agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract with the Boston Red Sox. Before the close of business today expect the official announcement of the completion a blockbuster three-team trade that will make Roy Halladay a Philadelphia Phillie. It’s conceivable that, by the end of the week, the top two offensive free agents – Matt Holliday and Jason Bay – could sign deals, neither with the New York Mets.