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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Updated: December 28, 12:13 PM ET
Mets' Top 5 Stories of 2011

By Adam Rubin
ESPNNewYork.com

Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran
Jose Reyes taking his talents to South Beach, and Carlos Beltran getting shipped to San Francisco, defined an unpleasant year to be a Mets fan.

We asked ESPNNewYork.com's beat writers to rank their five top stories of 2011. Next up: Adam Rubin, who covered the New York Mets through a year in which they teased, disappointed and occasionally embarrassed their fans. Check out Adam's picks, then share yours down in the comments section.

1. Jose Reyes signs with Marlins

Without a counteroffer from the Mets, or even a box of chocolates that might have demonstrated the organization's love, Jose Reyes departed for the Miami Marlins and a six-year, $106 million deal.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and other team executives met with Reyes in Manhattan on Nov. 3 at 12:01 a.m. -- the minute they were allowed to begin recruiting the shortstop. The deal was announced during the winter meetings as part of a major spending push by Miami, which also landed right-handed reliever Heath Bell (an ex-Met) and left-handed starter Mark Buehrle.

2. Carlos Beltran traded to Giants

Carlos Beltran's Mets career began in Cincinnati on Opening Day in 2005. It also ended alongside the banks of the Ohio River.

With the Mets in the midst of a series against the Reds days before the July 31 trading deadline, Beltran was shipped to the San Francisco Giants for Class A right-hander Zack Wheeler.

The Giants failed to reach the postseason, while the Mets appear to have added a gem in Wheeler, whom Baseball America recently tabbed the organization's top prospect.

3. Reyes wins batting title

A bunt single and first-inning departure. Amid uncertainty about whether Reyes would re-sign with the Mets, that is how the shortstop's 2011 season ended.

Having lifted his average to .337, Reyes pulled himself with manager Terry Collins' prior consent after one at-bat. When Milwaukee's Ryan Braun went hitless that evening, Reyes became the first Met to capture a National League batting title ... amid controversy because of his bunt-and-bail finale.

4. Mets sale falls through

Hedge-fund guru David Einhorn was introduced on a conference call as the next minority owner of the Mets. He even made very public visits to Citi Field with his family.

But the deal to inject $200 million into the organization unraveled by September, prompting the Mets to look for a financial infusion elsewhere. Plan B involves selling $20 million minority shares while trying to raise an equivalent amount. Unlike with Einhorn, the structure of the new shares does not allow for a path to majority ownership.

5. Ike Davis' ankle injury

What looked like a harmless May 10 collision with David Wright near the mound at Coors Field in Denver instead became a season-ending injury for first baseman Ike Davis.

Davis initially was diagnosed with a bone bruise and was placed in a protective boot. However, the boot restricted circulation. And that made it more difficult for cartilage damage that was only later discovered to heal.

Davis did avoid surgery. And while there should be some residual nagging discomfort, Davis believes the left-ankle injury will not keep him from missing further action next season.