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Scott Boras is talking with pending free agent Jose Reyes

Jun 18, 2011, 12:22 AM EDT

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Jose Reyes is likely going to create a bidding war this winter, but there’s apparently one going on behind the scenes right now.

Major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of that super agent Scott Boras is speaking with pending free agent Jose Reyes about becoming his agent. In fact, one source tells Rosenthal that Reyes met with other agents during spring training and was apparently mulling over making a change.

Reyes is currently represented by Peter Greenberg, who negotiated the shortstop’s four-year, $23.25 million contract with the Mets back in 2006. Boras isn’t violating any rules by communicating with Reyes, as agents are permitted to talk with other agents’ clients.

Of course, Boras’ modus operandi is for his clients to test the free agent waters, usually for the most money possible, so a switch to Boras would seem to hurt the Mets’ chances of keeping Reyes in the long-term. For what it’s worth, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York would be surprised if Reyes made the change, noting that one of his agents under Greenberg, Chris Leible, is a godfather to one of his children. Then again, this might be Reyes’ only shot at a long-term contract, so money can change things. And as we all know by now, Boras has a history of delivering for his clients.

  1. yournuts - Jun 18, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Jose waited until his free agent year to have the good year he’s having without injuries! I wonder how many teams feel comfortable giving him top money knowing his medical history and DL history? He is a great player when he wants to be, but he maybe he lacks the commitment to be a team player. I wish he had the heart and desire of a team player like Derek Jeter!
    A perfect place for him would of been in San Francisco pay that much for a star player and why would Jose want to play there?

    • JBerardi - Jun 18, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      “I wish he had the heart and desire of a team player like Derek Jeter!”

      I’m willing to bet Jeter would trade his heart and desire for Reyes’ OPS in about three seconds. It think he’d even throw in his gritty-ness and two unnecessary jump throws to be named later.

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