THE $66 MILLION MYSTERY

Jason Bay

This is what the New York Mets were expecting: a middle-of-the-lineup right-handed power hitter who’d hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ runs; an above-average defensive left fielder with a strong throwing arm; a clubhouse leader and team player.

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GO SELL CRAZY SOMEWHERE ELSE

Jose Reyes

A scout told New York Post sportswriter Kevin Kernan he believed Jose Reyes is “the measuring stick for the shortstop position.”

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.

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EATING THE ELEPHANT

Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson knew New York would be a challenge. He knew it would take patience; he’s had to eat the elephant in Oakland and, later, in San Diego.

“We’re going to strive for consistency, but above all, excellence,” he told the media at a press conference last November.

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