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  Was Wilpon Out of Line?

Despite their recent success, winning two straight games against the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets are still in fourth place in the National League East (NL East). With financial issues and concerns about keeping some of their key players, the Mets short-term future is very interesting. Mets owner Fred Wilpon made edgy comments that were towards shortstop Jose Reyes, third baseman David Wright (15-day DL stress fracture in lower back) and right fielder Carlos Beltran, were a little rough- but was it a lie?

Wilpon stated that Reyes won’t be getting “Carl Crawford” (Boston Red Sox left fielder) like money, because he’s more likely to get injured. “He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money,” Wilpon said. “He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”  That statement could have been said differently, as to not sound like he’s attacking Reyes, but Wilpon makes sense. Crawford signed a seven-year $142 million dollar contract with the Red Sox in the off-season. The fact is Reyes won’t be getting that from the Mets. Reyes is in the last year of his contract, and there’s a possibility he could get traded before the season is over.

Wright is still dealing with stress fractures in his lower back, and he’s not expected to return until for another three weeks. Wilpon believes Wright is a good player, but not a superstar, “Really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar,” said Wilpon. Wilpon was on the money with that statement. Wright is a good player for the Mets and some believe he’s the leader of this team. He is not at the superstar level of an Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez,  or Roy Halladay. While Wright can certainly be considered a star- his skill level simply doesn’t compare to the superstars of the league.

Beltran had a great playoff performance in 2004 as a member of the Houston Astros, and Wilpon believes he got rich off that one post-season. “We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series. He’s 65 to 70 percent of what he was,” said Wilpon. Again, could have stated it differently, but it does make sense. Beltran injuried his leg going for a foul ball against the Braves, and he still isn’t 100 percent, and he’s 34 years of age. Clearly he’s skills are slipping, if it hasn’t begun already.

Wilpon was making statements an average Mets fan will make. At least he was being honest, and didn’t hide from the truth. Now that Wilpon knows the truth about his players, lets hope he makes the right decision as the trade deadline and off-season approaches.

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