What concerns me is I believe he probably feels that the entire team needs to go, and he will blow it up and rebuild it. That could take many, many years, and that is not an option. There are players that need to go, but that does not mean everyone needs to go. Again, this is just one fan's opinion.
I have my concerns that this will be Jose Reyes' last season as a Met, and the more time goes on, the more I believe this will be the last season with #7 leading off and playing ShortStop for the Mets.
In a noontime chat with Adam Rubin, I indeed asked Rubin this very question:
"My biggest concern that this will be Jose Reyes' last season in a Mets uniform. From your dealings and insight, do you think there is any chance of him being on this team in 2012 and further?"
I don't think Elvis will blink. He needs more than ever to show he is in charge, and "caving in" to Reyes might prove otherwise. I don't subscribe to this theory, it's just another point of view. Reyes is the catalyst for this team, and it will be virtually impossible to replace his defense (yes, he is a good defensive SS), his 60 stolen bases per year, his 17-20 triples annually, 100 runs scored, 70+ RBI's, etc. The Mets go as Jose goes.
Another question I had for Rubin was Josh Thole. I personally don't believe Thole is an everyday starting catcher. I see him more of a platoon type catcher at best. I hope I am wrong, but the Mets will need more than 4-6 HR's from their catcher. Thole has improved tremendously in a relatively short period of time, but I still don't foresee him being a true #1 catcher.
I asked Rubin:
"Do you foresee Josh Thole being the starting catcher, Paulino, or a platoon with the two? Personally, I don't see Thole as an everyday starting catcher. "
The big questions were why haven't the Mets addressed the starting pitching, especially with Johan on the shelf until June. Rubin is as perplexed as fellow Mets fans in the lack of activity the Mets have shown. Their biggest voids to fill are the starting and relief pitching.
As recently stated, we need to be patient, regardless of how difficult it might be. This team didn't fall apart overnight, and will not be rebuilt into a contender overnight. If this team plays competitively and finishes around .500, that would be fine. If they don't, and no moves are made during next off-season, then let the worrying begin.