With the Mets completely out of the playoff picture, Alex Cora decided to go ahead and have surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb. He also has the same injury in his left thumb and will have surgery on that one in about five weeks. The Mets haven’t announced who will replace Cora on the roster yet.
There’s been a lot of speculation about whether Cora will be back with the Mets next season. He’s playing on a 1-year/$2 million contract this season. From all accounts, he’s brought some great leadership and professionalism to the team. The Mets players and front office really like him.
Although Cora really had to earn that $2 million because of all of the Mets injuries, I wouldn’t jump to conclusions that he’ll be back. Every team in MLB falls in love with their first guy off the bench, until the next offseason rolls around and that player wants more money or the team finds someone else that they like.
I just hope that Omar Minaya doesn’t get silly about offering Cora a multi-year contract like he did for Marlon Anderson. I’m all for Cora getting another one year deal but let’s not go crazy and expect him to produce, or even play that much, for more than one season at a time.