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Brown: Reyes Needs To Go, Alonso Needs To Be Called Up

Mets Need To Make Changes

Jake Brown
June 07, 2018 - 5:48 pm
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By Jake Brown

I'm sorry but sending out Jose Reyes the "proper way" in 2018 is comical. The soon-to-be 35-year-old (June 11) has been absolutely atrocious this season, and would be cut on any other team. Reyes is hitting .141 with just 10 hits in 71 at bats and one homer and three RBI. He's also been abysmal in the field and on the basepaths. He's been difficult to watch, and continues to see playing time. The reason? The Mets want to send the former All-Star a "proper sendoff." 

This isn't 2011 anymore folks. Reyes got the proper sendoff that year when he was taken out of the game after a single in the final game of the season so he can win the batting title, hitting .337. That was seven years ago. This Reyes is older, slower, a worse fielder, and overall just a negative to the team. He also was suspended in 2016 for a serious domestic violence incident. The Mets gave him a chance then when a lot of teams wouldn't. That chance has come and gone. The Mets keep believing that Reyes is going to have this magical turnaround and become the player he used to be. NEWS FLASH: it ain't happening.

There's no need to give him a proper sendoff. The only sendoff he should be getting is paying him and giving him a pink slip. Send him packing. Enough is enough. 

This team needs to shift to youth and see what some of the young guys can do. Along with cutting Reyes, the Mets really need to give Peter Alonso a shot. The 23-year-old first baseman is tearing the cover off the ball for double-A Binghamton, where he's hitting .315 with a .452 OBP along with 15 homers and 47 RBI in 59 games. There's no reason his power should be going to waste there and no reason at this point to even send him to Las Vegas. Give this kid his shot in the big leagues. If the Mets don't want to give Hanley Ramirez a shot to come here and get some time at first base, the only other way to go is Alonso. 

Adrian Gonzalez hasn't been atrocious, but his numbers just are not cutting it for a first baseman. He's got just six homers and a .OPS of .690. With how poor the rest of the Mets offense has been, they can't have Gonzalez's .244 average and .309 OBP in the lineup. This team was built on power and hitting a bunch of home runs, and Gonzalez isn't doing any of that. You brought him in as a potential low-risk, high-reward player, and the high-reward end of the deal hasn't showed up. I don't think Gonzo should be cut, but his role should be coming off the bench and maybe seeing one start a week. 

With the team reeling at 27-32 and 7.5 games out of first place in the NL East, changes need to be made. It's only June 7 and the Mets are already sending themselves out of contention. There should be enough pitching here to get the job done, and the offense is not holding up their end of the bargain. Not only can't they put runs on the board, they aren't even getting hits. It's pitiful to watch on a day-in and day-out basis. Fans would truly appreciate it more seeing a guy like Alonso get a chance. This farm system that was once stocked is depleted, but Alonso could be the guy that provides a bleek offense just a little bit of hope. 

Cut Reyes...send Gonzalez to the bench...and send Alonso to Queens. Before thinking about looking on the outside and making changes, see what you got inside first. Cut the nonsense of trading Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. They aren't the problems. It's the decision-making in the front office that is. 

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