NEW YORK -- No departure from the Mets is more famous than Tom Seaver's. After contract negotiations turned acrimonious in 1977, the Mets dealt their ace to Cincinnati for Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, Dan Norman and Pat Zachry. That trade, and another Trade Deadline deal that sent Dave Kingman to San Diego, soon became the Midnight Massacre.
Jose Reyes, who can be a free agent after the season, is enjoying a career year, and his future with the club is uncertain. Should he end up on a different club this season or next, Seaver said, the club needs to have a plan in place.
"If you're trading a franchise player -- and when I was traded they didn't have that kind of thinking -- then you are in a regroup mode, let's just say," Seaver said Saturday at Citi Field. "I'm not saying a rebuilding mode, but a regroup mode. The people that they have now are too smart not to have a plan for regrouping. And a time plan and a people plan. Where are there weaknesses? What are they shooting for?"
Seaver, who described himself as a "voracious reader of box scores," likened the impact of Reyes to that of Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan on the 1970s Reds.
"He's a spectacular player in so many ways," Seaver said. "He's a spectacularly beautiful player, and he's a player that a pitcher defends against, too. With this ballclub, that's probably the most important out of the inning, is him because he can do so many things."
Reyes has said multiple times that he is not worried about his future, and Seaver approved of that approach.
"If he's doing it correctly," Seaver said, "he's getting that totally off of his mind."
Seaver was on hand to lend support to the actress Glenn Close, who sang the national anthem for the 17th time at a Mets home game. Close has a bipolar sister and appeared to promote her charity, Bring Change 2 Mind, which Close says she hopes will help remove the stigma associated with mental disorders.
Mets' Tejada given opportunity to refuel
NEW YORK -- Ruben Tejada, who had started 24 consecutive games, got a night off Saturday as the Mets continued their series against the Angels.
The second baseman went hitless in his last four games and is mired in a 1-for-22 slump. In 108 plate appearances since his season debut on May 18, Tejada is hitting .274, with a .352 on-base percentage. On June 11, those numbers were .338 and .398, respectively.
"I think there's a small state of fatigue a little bit right now that's caused him to hit less," manager Terry Collins said. "I think his approach at the plate has still been very good. I just see right now that his swing is a little long, which to me ultimately comes back to the fact that he's a little bit low on fuel."
"I think I'm trying too much right now," Tejada said. "I need to concentrate a little bit more on the middle and right field."
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"I think the whole club -- especially going into yesterday -- I think a lot of guys were really run down," Collins said. "Everybody had a really tough 10 days. He's played so, so well. To maintain that, you knew there was going to be a bit of a downswing. I've watched him the last couple of days. Ultimately, I think he'll learn to get through times like this."
Thomas Boorstein is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.