4.25.12 Mets morning briefing

Johan Santana stole the show from Jose Reyes on Tuesday night, striking out 11 in 6 1/3 innings and out-dueling Josh Johnson. Reyes went 0-for-4 in his return to Queens.

Read more in the Star-Ledger, Post, Daily News, Record and Newsday.

On Wednesday night, the Mets will send R.A. Dickey to the mound against left-hander Mark Buerhle. Dickey (2-1, 5.71 ERA) was roughed up in his last start at Atlanta (4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER).

Wednesday’s news reports:

• Reyes said the Mets didn’t try to sign him in the offseason. So the superstar shortstop took $106 million and six years from the Miami Marlins and signed there instead.

“If they don't make me any offer,” Reyes said, “that means they don't want me to play here. That's why I play for another team now.”

Read more in the Star-Ledger, Post, Daily News and Newsday.

• Not everything went as well as Santana’s outing on Tuesday night. Jason Bay and Mike Pelfrey were both placed on the disabled list. Bay suffered a non-displaced fracture of the rib on his left side, while Pelfrey was diagnosed with right elbow inflammation.

However, a source told ESPN NewYork.com’s Adam Rubin that team officials are aware that Pelfrey has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, and team officials are bracing to lose him to season-ending surgery. It would be an awful blow to Pelfrey, who has pitched to a 2.29 ERA so far in 2012.

That has led to several minor-league promotions.

Read more in the Post and Record.

• Manager Terry Collins says he’s sticking with Ike Davis, and there’s no talk of sending the struggling first baseman down to the minors. Davis is hitting .131 and Collins pinch-hit for him in the seventh.

A team insider noted that the Braves just sent accomplished Jair Jurrjens to the minors, so no young player with options remaining such as Davis is exempt. But any such decision would not be made unless Davis struggled for a few more weeks, the source added.

GM Sandy Alderson, by the way, said pregame that Davis’ suspected case of valley fever is a nonissue with respect to his play on the field.

• ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian O’Connor thinks the Mets should’ve kept Reyes instead of David Wright.

Writes O’Connor:

Reyes and Wright are what the third baseman called "baseball brothers," prospects who were raised in the same system and who nearly helped the Mets to the 2006 World Series. They still check each other's box scores. They still wish each other a season's worth of helpful bounces.

But facts are facts: The Mets have picked Wright over Reyes, and not for the first time. In 2006, a few days after they gave their young shortstop a four-year, $23.35 million extension, the Mets gave their young third baseman a six-year, $55 million extension.

This time around, they should've gambled their money on Reyes. The six-year, $106 million contract he signed with Miami didn't approach the absurd deal scored the year before by Carl Crawford (seven years, $142 million in Boston), and appears semi-reasonable when measured against today's standards.

• Record columnist Bob Klapisch thinks fans shouldn’t have booed Reyes on Tuesday night.

Writes Klapisch:

Reyes wasn’t perfect, though: the decision to bunt his way to the batting title in 2011 – pulling himself out of the final game after one at-bat – was beneath him. It was a cheap way to win the crown, and some day Reyes will understand why.

But he loved playing for the Mets, and as Ozzie Guillen said, “Jose earned every penny” he made in New York. There was no reason to boo Reyes, not in the nasty way he heard it Tuesday night. The shortstop took the high road after the game, saying, “Whatever [the fans] do, I have no hard feelings toward anyone.” But Reyes looked wounded; there was no disguising his hurt. Mets loyalists should be ashamed of themselves, letting it end with so little class.

• Post columnist Joel Sherman thinks that the Mets should take a look at what the Cardinals have done to their roster post-Albert Pujols and try to emulate it.

“It might be premature to say we are managing this [Pujols’ departure, particularly] flawlessly,” Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told Sherman. “But the essence of any successful organization is that they are not reliant on one particular person to be successful.”

TRIVIA: Who recorded the first hit ever off R.A. Dickey?

Tuesday’s answer: Pittsburgh hosted the All-Star game in 2006, when Jose Reyes and David Wright were selected for the first time.