Mets Notes: Igarashi, Capuano, Reyes

On this date in 2005, the Mets signed Carlos Beltran to a seven-year, $119MM deal. There's just one season left on Beltran's contract, so if he wants to rebuild his value before hitting the market as a 34-year-old, he'll have to perform in 2011. Here are some notes on Beltran's teammates…

  • Ryota Igarashi is currently on outright waivers, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. The Mets designated the right-hander for assignment last week. GM Sandy Alderson suggested this week that no team is likely to claim Igarashi and his $1.75MM salary. If he clears waivers, the reliever will battle for a spot on the team as a non-roster invitee.
  • Chris Capuano, whose arrival forced Igarashi off of the team's 40-man roster, has a strange platoon split. As FanGraphs' Dave Allen explains, Capuano induces far more ground balls against lefties than he does against righties.
  • Jose Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg, repeated to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez this week that his client wants to stay in New York. The sides haven’t made progress on a potential extension for the shortstop, who is on track to hit free agency after 2011.


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  1. CitizenSnips 4 years ago

    It’s strange how many Mets fans don’t really care about Reyes being gone. I’m definitely worried about the amount of money it’d cost to keep him as well but I don’t see any viable replacement options at this point.

    • mikefichera 4 years ago

      I’d be very upset if Reyes was gone, my favorite player honestly. Really makes the mets a pleasure to watch.

      • YaGottaBelieve11 4 years ago

        When he isn’t swinging at the same damn breaking ball at his feet, I concur. Some discipline needs to be shown before I’m cool with the mets giving him another $40-60 million extension.

        • nictonjr 4 years ago

          What about a 7/142 extension?? Would that be ok??

          • hes not getting that kind of money regardless of what he does this yr everyone knows that. i think 5/75 more realistic.

          • mattmosher 4 years ago

            He used to be my favorite player. But he’s never won anything, he makes dumb decisions frequently (especially on the bases) and he’s extremely injury-prone. Most teams have a terrible hitter at short. Ruben Tejada there in 2012 wouldn’t be the end of the world. Why pay what it will cost to get Reyes’ declining years where he plays just 65% of the time?

          • Slopeboy 4 years ago

            While I agree with most of your points, I take exception about him being ‘extremely injury-prone’. If you look at his history, you’ll see that in ’09 he was hurt and did miss virtually the entire season. In ’10, he missed the first three weeks due to the mysterious thyroid condition and two weeks during the season with a rib cage pull. Other than that he’s played just about everyday. Reyes, who is not anywhere near my favorite player has been a bargain for the Mets and even at $10MM would still be better than Tejada in his declining years. Tejada at this point is an out diguised as a ball player

          • Just_MLB 4 years ago

            i like tejada as a good ss/2b replacement player. he does have some pop in his bat. he basically becomes the cheaper version of alex cora.

            this could be the met infield of the future.

            1B – Davis
            2B – Havens/Tejada/Murphy
            SS – Reyes
            3B – Wright
            C – Thole

            with players like aderlin rodriguez, wilmer flores, jefry marte still in their late teens.

            OF prospects include…

            cesar puello, Capt. Kirk., Sean Ratliffe, Vaughn, Cecilrelli, Javier Rodriguez.

            If the mets keep their infield in tact, the above-mentioned prospects could compete with kirk, sean, vaughn, etc for positions in the OF.
            as beltran, bay leave, they probably will be replaced by in-house options.

            Either the way, the mets have the potential to be mostly home-grown as far as position players go.

          • Slopeboy 4 years ago

            You’re talking fantasy baseball here. All these prospects are at least two to three years away. Even Tejada should go back to AAA and get more playing time.When you say he has pop, you must mean as in ‘pop-gun’. Look at his numbers, he needs to improve everywhere with the bat.

          • Just_MLB 4 years ago

            do u follow any of these prospects?

            havens may get a look this september.
            tejada probably will as well. hopefully he gets a full year at SS
            kirk and ratliff will probably get looks next year as beltran wont be here.

            j-rod/vaughn / ceci are about 2 years away (when bay leaves)
            flores/puello/marte are about 3 years away

            a good 11 out of the 13 position players on a 25 man roster will
            probably be homegrown.

            right now they may have 6 out of 8 position players come from their
            system ( including pagan who was traded away and back )

          • Great points. Havens development in 11′ is key

          • Just_MLB 4 years ago

            i also like tejada. if u saw him play last year. u saw his defense was great, and his bat does have some pop. he went through a bad stretch where he slumped and barely played because jerry manuel was literally trying to win every single game like his life depended on it. in my opinion he was trying to keep the team above .500 at the expense of developing some of the younger prospects. from july 1st to august 26th, tejada played 25 games and hit .068.
            From August 27th to October 3rd, Tejada started another 25 games and adjusted to MLB pitching, hitting .303 with a .379 OBP, 7 2B and 1 HR

            u have to actually see him bat to see what im talking about. about 20% of his AB resulted in line drives, half of which fell for basehits. he seems to be pretty good at bunting for basehits as well. mind you ruben tejada was only 20 years old facing MLB pitching last year and was at one point the youngest player in the MLB. Reese Havens is turning 24. so people have to keep in perspective that although reese has more pop, tejada is probably more advanced with the bat than any other 2B prospect the mets have now.

          • nictonjr 4 years ago

            Everyone knows Jason Werth isn’t worth 7/126 and Carl Crawford isn’t worth 7/142. Reyes plays a premiere position. If he has a decent year he’ll get 5/75. If he’s healthy, and plays like 2006-2008, he’ll get paid…

          • mattmosher 4 years ago

            I agree. He’s going to get way more than 5/75.

    • FreeBald 4 years ago

      Not saying I subscribe to this idea but I have read somewhere the concept of the Mets using Tejada as SS beginning in 2012 and adding an offensively potent 2B (Weeks?) thus reversing their recent good hitting SS/poor hitting 2B deployment.

      • Just_MLB 4 years ago

        why do that when u already have havens coming up in the wings ?

        besides..In 2007, he had the lowest fielding percentage of all NL second basemen (.976), and the lowest zone rating among all major league second basemen, .737.
        In 2008, he had the lowest fielding percentage (.975) and the most errors (15) of all NL second basemen.

        In early 2009, sabermetrician Bill James wrote in John Dewan’s “The Fielding Bible Volume II,” that Weeks should be moved to a position other than second base. James said Weeks led the majors at his position in a category he calls defensive misplays (which does not include errors), with 44. An average second baseman has 28 defensive misplays a season. Dewan ranked Weeks the worst starting second baseman in the majors.

        He missed most of 2009 with a hand injury.

        and u essentially want to replace Reyes with this guy???

        all his value is based on offense.

        he plays in a HR park…and would be going to a pitchers ball park.

        i dont see how any of that would make sense.

      • Victor Kipp 4 years ago

        That would be horrible. Why is everyone so down on Reyes. Guys get hurt. They play when healthy. Its not like he slapped Mets fans mothers and stole their dad’s Cadillac. Jesus…

    • Victor Kipp 4 years ago

      They will when they see the replacement. maybe a Bobby Crosby for 150 games would set them straight..or maybe Edgar Renteria. Those kind of replacement would have crickets as the only spectators at Shea Stadium. When healthy…and he has been for the most part since he became a regular player…look at his stats before you comment saying something stupid….. I hope Reyes has a huge year and all the Mets fans start eating crow.

    • Victor Kipp 4 years ago

      They will when they see the replacement. maybe a Bobby Crosby for 150 games would set them straight..or maybe Edgar Renteria. Those kind of replacement would have crickets as the only spectators at Shea Stadium. When healthy…and he has been for the most part since he became a regular player…look at his stats before you comment saying something stupid….. I hope Reyes has a huge year and all the Mets fans start eating crow.

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      It’s strange how many Mets fans don’t really care about Reyes being gone.

      Yes but that sure doesn’t speak for me. I’ve made no secret all along about the fact that José-José-José is my favorite player – and while I get some of the bashing Mets fans give him, some of it is iill-considered and overdone. So let me just affirm that if José Reyes leaves the Mets, THIS Mets fan will be extremely demoralized.
      ☹ ☹ ☹

    • Your absolutely right – there is no viable replacement. What’s funny is that the Philly winning has masked Rollins injuries and bad performances the last 2 years – he is at a crossroads himself

  2. YaGottaBelieve11 4 years ago

    Why is it strange that Capuano, a lefty, induces more groundballs against Lefties then righties? Shouldn’t lefties have worse contact against a deceptive lefty than righties?

    • FreeBald 4 years ago

      I was guilty of this assumption too but according to the linked article the average LHP groundball rates are 46% vs LH batters and 44% vs RH batters whereas Capuano’s are 54/37 respectively.

  3. If I was Alderson I would be aggressively trying to extend him now, on the cheap, before he has a beastly year and commands a ton more money. The front office don’t seem to be making any big deal about it, which leads me to believe it won’t happen.

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

      Agree. Reyes’s contract was a steal, even with the last two years’ decline in numbers. He’s due to bounce back to his normal numbers, which will allow him to command a hefty pay raise.I also would extend him no later than mid-season

  4. METfan201 4 years ago

    I wont be too mad if reyes is gone before ST. Put him in a package to anaheim for nap and aybar, or a few arms. If he gets hurt its over!

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

      You must be mad, as in crazy. Why would you want to trade Reyes for Aybar when Reyes is so much better? Napoli would displace Thole at catcher for more money and less production and defense. Not what the Alderson regime is looking to do.

      • Just_MLB 4 years ago

        reyes deserves to play in front of a more loyal fan base. to hear the way fans talk about him is disgusting.

        • Most Met fans are behind Reyes but not blind to his faults. Also Phillie and Yankee goons have some obsession with him

          • Just_MLB 4 years ago

            its one thing to not be blind to his faults…its another thing to
            ignore his good qualities.
            from the way met fans talk about him, u would swear he was julio lugo
            disguised in a met uniform.

  5. METfan201 4 years ago

    Dont get me wrong IF he’s healthy which he might not be , then id love him, but if he is he might want close to tulowitzki money man! I woukd look for a temp replacment in aybar, or orlando cabrera . A obe year thing , mets need leaders behimd wright as well. Bay is quite guy.

    • scluse 4 years ago

      Trust me, as much as I love Reyes he is no where close to getting Tulowitzki money. Tulo got 6 years/$120 Million ON TOP of the 3 years (4th an option) contract left on his prior 6 years/ $31 Million contract.

  6. METfan201 4 years ago

    Dont get me wrong IF he’s healthy which he might not be , then id love him, but if he is he might want close to tulowitzki money man! I woukd look for a temp replacment in aybar, or orlando cabrera . A obe year thing , mets need leaders behimd wright as well. Bay is quite guy.

  7. Reyes is the best defensive player on the Mets at the most difficult position. I think that Jose Reyes is the only irreplaceable player on the Mets. My only gripe with Reyes is that he doesn’t run early in the count. That is a bad habit that needs to be broken. It seemed that Reyes took a step back in his hitting with Hojo as the hitting coach. He needs to stop stepping in the bucket and start driving the ball. Even with those two faults I still think he is the best all around shortstop in baseball. A healthy Reyes should thrive at citifield.

  8. Reyes is the best defensive player on the Mets at the most difficult position. I think that Jose Reyes is the only irreplaceable player on the Mets. My only gripe with Reyes is that he doesn’t run early in the count. That is a bad habit that needs to be broken. It seemed that Reyes took a step back in his hitting with Hojo as the hitting coach. He needs to stop stepping in the bucket and start driving the ball. Even with those two faults I still think he is the best all around shortstop in baseball. A healthy Reyes should thrive at citifield.

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