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Jose Reyes does not want to negotiate with the Mets during the season

Jun 21, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

Jose Reyes

This morning we saw the shocking — shocking! — news that a player approaching free agency wants $X, and his team wants to pay him something less than $X.  That’s Jose Reyes and the Mets, in case you didn’t know.

Perhaps because he’s felt this all along and perhaps he realized that stories like this morning’s story will persist for the next several months if he doesn’t do anything to stop it, Reyes said today that he does not want to negotiate with the Mets about a contract extension during the season. This is the smart play for Reyes because any contract chatter does little to actually help Reyes while he’s with the Mets.

Given the year he’s having, he’d be better off hitting the market and letting the bidding go high.  And even if he’s inclined to stay with the Mets, in-season negotiations would just lead to someone friendly to the team whispering to the press that Reyes is being greedy or unrealistic or something in the event that no easy agreement was reached. And given the Mets’ financial straits and Fred Wilpon’s comments in that New Yorker article there won’t be.

So a smart play by Reyes: let the possibilities of him being traded or not be the Mets problem, and let the market for his services after 2011 take care of itself when that market becomes mature next fall. Everything else would just lead to bigger headaches.

  1. skerney - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    If the Mets really tank this makes a deadline trade even more likely.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    I hope he wants $X. Hank is real good at writing “X” on paychecks.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      Unfortunately my friend the Yankees are locked into the current SS situation for at least the 2012 season. ..and there in all likelihood for the 2013 season. So scratch Reyes off your wish list. Not going to happen.
      But it’s nice to dream of a Yankees line up in 2012 that consisted of:
      Reyes, SS batting 1st
      Granderson, CF batting 2nd
      Tex. 1B batting 3rd
      A-Rod 3B batting 4th
      Cano 2b batting 5th
      Swisher or Beltran RF batting 6th (Beltran on a 1 year deal would be ideal)
      Montero DH batting 7th
      Martin C batting 8th
      Gardner LF batting 9th

      But alas then I woke up and realized it was just a dream. my friend.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:16 PM

        Well, management does have something to say in all of this, and on a practical basis, just move Beep-beep to DH, because in my mind Montero hasn’t achieved credibility yet.

  3. dodger88 - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Unless blown away by an offer, the Mets should hold on to him for the balance of the season and try to sign him in the offseason. Worst case, they get 1 if not 2 draft picks.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:19 PM

      is the new CBA after this year or next, because lots of people are speculating that MLB will do away with draft pick compensation. If it remains, he’ll definitely be a Type A so you’d get a first round pick.

  4. bobulated - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Giants fans begin drooling when they read “SS”, “.341/.385/.517” and “under 35” in the same paragraph.

  5. FC - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    “Jose Reyes has earned right to seek ‘Carl Crawford money,’ even though Mets don’t intend to pay it”

    I’m not convinced Carl Crawford has the earned the right to ‘Carl Crawford money’

  6. danberman4 - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    If Reyes really wanted to stay a Met for his career like he told reporters today, he would get a deal done. Why do players spout such nonsense? They almost always go for the most money.

    • ta192 - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      Because, if they don’t, they catch hell from everyone for just being a “mercenary” for several additional months…

    • 5thbase - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Yeah. Personally, I want the owner of my company to have some extra money to buy an additional Ferrari instead of paying me what I’m worth since I like where I work.

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