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As first reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Miami Marlins and free agent SS Jose Reyes are on the verge of a six-year, $106 million deal. The oft-injured Reyes won the batting title for the Mets (.337) and stole 39 bases. Reyes is one of the league’s best players, but has dealt with many injuries during his nine-year career. Reyes has played fewer than 133 games in each of his last three seasons.

Taking His Talents To South Beach

The Marlins do have a very talented shortstop of their own (Hanley Ramirez), but will likely move him to a corner position.

The Mets apparently offered him five-years, $75 million, but that wasn’t enough to get it done.

Reaction: It’s a disgrace that the Mets let Reyes go, but that’s the nature of the beast. Reyes clearly wanted the biggest payday and playing for Ozzie Guillen was probably a deciding factor. The warmer climate in Miami may also help Reyes avoid injury. Expect even fewer fans to show up to Citi Field this year as Reyes will wreak hell on the Mets for years to come.

Greed.

Greed fuels the mind, body, and spirit of most professional athletes, owners, and front office personel. This summer, NFL fans watched the owners and Players’ Assocation battle over $9 billion. $9 billion. Profits. $9 billion. During 2008, Alex Rodriguez opted out of his 10-year, $252 million contract to sign an even more obscene, $275 million contract. Jayson Werth accepted a seven-year, $127 million contract from the Washington Nationals for strictly monetary reasons. The team aspect was secondary for Mr. Werth and he’s only one of many examples in sports.

When Jose Reyes took himself out yesterday’s game, he did it for greedy, selfish reasons. He didn’t have the confidence in himself to finish off the game. He wanted to take the easy road. He wanted to take a batting title and likely Top 10 MVP finish to the free agent negoitating table this off-season. This isn’t the type of player the Mets need.

Ultimately, he doesn’t respect the Mets. He didn’t care about the ten Met fans that took off from work to watch him. He didn’t care about his manager or team mates. He cared about Jose and Jose only. Why would the Mets want him back? This type of player, who is uninterested in winning, has plagued the Mets for the last six years. Change is coming to Flushing and that starts with a new shorstop in 2012. Hopefully, it’s a team-first player who is committed to winning.

Today at my lunch hour at work, the New York sports media send off a Twitter-frenzy. You would have thought it was a life-changing event, such as the Mets clinching a playoff spot, the Yankees losing their 110th game, or Rex Ryan being caught out on a lunch date with Matt Vereb. But no, it was the actions taken by Jose Reyes and the Mets’ manager, Terry Collins. Odds are that you have heard this by now, but Jose Reyes bunted for a single, which effectively pushed his batting average high enough to edge out Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and practically clinch the NL batting title. Within the hours that came, Twitter, the blogosphere, and sports talk radio exploded, reprimanding Reyes, Collins, and the Mets in general. As all of this happened, from a non-Mets’ fan point of view, I could only wonder one thing: why??

Smiling All the Way to the Bank - AP

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In the season finale, Miguel Batista and Mike Baxter were the ones who led the Mets to a win.  Batista started and completed the shutout, and Baxter crushed a 2-run homer to give the Mets a final record of 77-85.

The main story of the game, however, was Jose Reyes.  In what was possibly his final game as a Met, he led off with a bunt single, which pushed his NL-leading average to .337.  In a move that drew the ire of the Citi Field crowd, Terry Collins pulled him right after.  The fans had every right to be upset there — it’s understandable that they wanted to protect Reyes’ lead for the batting title, but the fans deserved more than that.  The guy has been an integral part of the team since being called up in 2003, and just submitted his finest season yet.  That kind of tenure needed a fitting salute — the fans should have had the chance to go crazy for him the whole game, and then probably end it with one last standing ovation.  But it was his call – Reyes asked to be pulled, so the batting title’s more important to him.

Congrats to Pete Flynn, retiring after 50 years as a groundskeeper (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in a 13 inning marathon Tuesday night. Chris Capuano pitched six innings allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The bullpen couldn’t secure a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning. The Mets offense had chances in the ninth and thirteenth innings to walk-off, but couldn’t push the envelope. In the end, the deciding run scored on a squeeze play in the top of the thirteenth. With one game remaining in the 2011 season, the Mets fall to 76-85. 

Reyes jogged around the bases twice on Tuesday night.

Associated Press

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Monday night. Chris Schwinden pitched five innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The Mets offense rallied for three runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. With a 4-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, Tim Byrdak and Josh Stinson gave up three runs to put them down by two. The Mets fell short a run as their record goes to 76-84 on the season.

When Reyes' uniform is dirty, you know he had a huge game.

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The Mets got to play spoiler today, and threw a major wrench into the Cardinals’ postseason hopes.  With their 6-run 9th, the Mets rallied from a 6-2 deficit and left the Cards 2 games behind Atlanta for the wild card.  The Mets themselves improved their record to 74-82.

Later, Cap (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The New York Mets were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 11-6 on Tuesday night. Mike Pelfrey pitched six innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and no walks while striking out two. The Mets had a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the bullpen let up six runs all with two outs. With the loss, they fall to 73-81 on the season and have sole possession of fourth place in the National League East division.

Pelf had a better night at the plate than on the mound.

Associated Press

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The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves in a 7-5 win on Sunday afternoon. Dillon Gee gave up the first run of the game in the third inning on a Chipper Jones (no surprise there) double. However, the Mets bats took charge in the fourth inning putting up a four spot. Gee quickly gave away the lead when he allowed three more runs to cross in the bottom of the inning. His final line was 4 1/3 innings yielding four runs on eight hits and five walks along with four strikeouts. With the game tied in the seventh, Freddie Freeman put the Braves up a run with an RBI single. The Mets responded again with two runs in their following turn at bat for a 6-5 lead. Bobby Parnell bridged the lead to Manny Acosta, who recorded his second save of the season en route to a series win against the Braves. 

Ruben Tejada deserves the game ball for his performance today at the plate.

Associated Press

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The Nats beat the Mets for the third straight game, as David Wright‘s third-inning error opened the floodgates for the only 2 runs of the game to score.  The Mets are limping to the finish line with their 4th straight loss, and 6th in their last 7 games.  They are now 71-78 on the season.

Mike Pelfrey was solid tonight, but Nats rookie Brad Peacock was a little better.  Peacock (and the rest of the Nats pitchers) shut out the Mets, while Pelfrey gave up 2 runs (both unearned).  The Mets had their chances with runners on base, but just couldn’t get anyone in, batting 1-11 with runners in scoring position.  Jose Reyes lined out to Rick Ankiel (who made a nice diving grab) with 2 on to end the game.

Chin up, Jose. There's always the batting title. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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