Opinion: Reality, and the Road Ahead

Yesterday, the Mets said Jose Reyes now has a torn right hamstring, which occurred while running the bases in New York earlier in the week, in addition to the torn tendon behind his right knee.

In a report for Newsday, David Lennon writes, “The Mets did not specify the severity, but even a partial tear can take eight to 10 weeks to heal, while a complete tear may require three to six months.”

So, let me get this straight, in addition to needing a left fielder, a power bat, a catcher, and a legit, number-two pitcher, plus new bench players, Omar Minaya now may need to find a starting shortstop and a leadoff hitter?

By the way, in case you forgot, David Wright hit just 10 home runs this season, Johan Santana is recovering from elbow surgery, and Francisco Rodriguez, who continues to strike out less and walk more hitters, has a 6.84 ERA in his last 28 appearances.  “And we haven’t even gotten to Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo and Jeff Francoeur yet,” as Joel Sherman said in the New York Post.

What’s worse, while Jon Niese and Fernando Martinez are on the disabled list recovering from season-ending surgery, Braves RHP Tommy Hanson, Marlins OF Chris Coghlan and Phillies LHP JA Happ could wind up 1-2-3 in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, as Sherman points out.

It’s not that I am pessimistic, because baseball is a funny business, and crazy things tend to happen and work out in ways no people ever expect, it’s just, sitting here, realizing the above realities, I have zero idea how Minaya is going to fix this mess for next season, and whether he is even capable of doing so – especially if reports are true that say he will be charged with cutting payroll.

Jerry Manuel, Minaya and his staff, and ownership, will reportedly be meeting today to discuss what needs to be done for next season.

There is an opportunity here to do big things, make major changes and re-imagine and re-build the Mets in a way fans can be excited about again.

The thing is, I do not believe anyone in that room is willing to be so bold… but, at this point, can they afford not to be bold.