Thursday, June 4, 2009

Core-haters get their wish

At different times over the last few months, we've heard talk about breaking up the Mets' core of David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado. Now Reyes looks like he is joining Delgado on the "out indefinitely" list. Even if Beltran is fully recovered from his recent illness, the Mets are going to learn what life is like with half the core gone. And it is not likely to be pretty.

Sure, if the Mets had decided to trade Reyes in the offseason, they presumably would have gone into the season with more than Alex Cora to fill the shortstop spot. Rafael Furcal was a free agent. But Furcal is struggling this year and his best years appear behind him. Same with another free agent, Orlando Cabrera. So even if the Mets had planned to be without Reyes, they would still be in a lot of trouble.

The problem is that Reyes is irreplaceable.

But so are Wright, Beltran, Johan Santana and K-Rod, and while two of them have also had injury and illness concerns, at least they are all healthy now. All is not lost. Not yet, anyway.

Can the Mets still make the playoffs if Jose Reyes is out for an extended length of time? Tell us what you think.

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