Mets, Knicks on same page
by John Jastremski
Jun 28, 2016 | 8071 views | 0 0 comments | 132 132 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s very rare that a New York team in both baseball and basketball will have exactly the same idea when it comes to a move that each were able to make within a week.

I guess Sandy Alderson and Phil Jackson got together for some dinner and drinks to square things up!

I love what both the New York Knicks and the New York Mets were able to do when it comes to acquiring players over the last week.

In acquiring both Derrick Rose and Jose Reyes, the Mets and Knicks respectively brought in players for low-risk cost but with high-reward potential.

Rose is a former league MVP. Yes, he’s had a zillion injuries over the last couple of years, but if you watched the Bulls last season, you can tell that the burst and the athleticism is still there.

It’s maybe not at the level it was in 2010-2011 before his first ACL tear, but he’s without question the most athletic and talented floor general the Knicks have had since the days of Mark Jackson.

For a team that has been dying for an upgrade at the point guard position, the Knicks finally have their man for at least one season.

That’s where the risk comes into play. Yes, Rose has an injury history that can’t be denied. However, the Knicks did not give up future draft picks, they did not give up a great player and they’ve put themselves in a position to have future cap room down the road.

Hopefully, Derrick Rose will be the Knicks point guard for the next five seasons, but if not, this trade doesn’t handicap the franchise.

It’s a one-year commitment and a nice place for Phil Jackson to start the offseason.

For the baseball team that plays in Queens, the 2016 season has seen the New York Mets turn into a M.A.S.H. unit.

David Wright is most likely out for the season, first-baseman Lucas Duda has no time table for a return and there was a significant need for some reinforcements.

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson brought in James Loney and Kelly Johnson, but he’s enlisted the services of a former Mets great to spark this team.

The arrival of former shortstop Jose Reyes makes sense from a baseball perspective on so many levels.

The Mets need help in the infield and also are in dire need of a spark plug at the top of the batting order.

The team is in desperate need of a legitimate leadoff hitter.

Even at this stage in his career, Reyes should provide speed, versatility and athleticism.

Now, is there a reason Reyes is a free agent at the end of June. Of course there is. Reyes is fresh off a 50-plus game suspension due to a domestic violence incident with his wife.

This is a serious matter. Reyes absolutely deserved a suspension, however according to Major League Baseball, he paid his penalty so he’s eligible to play.

I do not condone domestic violence in any way, nor do the New York Mets, but both the team and I agree that there is an opportunity for Reyes to help the team.

A one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum. It’s the sort of move that makes perfect sense, because there’s very little risk involved.

If Reyes cannot perform or if he’s a problem, he’s released. Case closed.

I applaud both Phil Jackson and Sandy Alderson, they’re both subscribers to a low-risk, high-reward theory.

It makes perfect sense to me.

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