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Report: Mets to hold “secret” contract talks with Jose Reyes

Jul 7, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

Jose Rayes

Remember when Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported earlier this week that the Mets could be poised to make a “substantial offer” to Jose Reyes? Well, it appears those talks may already be underway.

Multiple sources tell Mike Puma of the New York Post that indications are the Mets have begun or will soon begin “secret talks” with Reyes’ representatives in hopes of reaching an agreement on a new contract in the coming weeks. My question is, how can it be a secret if I’m telling you about it right now?

Of course, we heard last month that Reyes didn’t want to negotiate a new contract during the season, but one source told Puma that it was likely a “smokescreen,” devised to protect the player and organization from fielding daily questions about the situation. I’m not sure a strategy like that can actually work in New York City, especially with a player as popular as Reyes, but I’ll bite.

For what it’s worth, Chris Leible, one of Reyes’ agents and Sandy Alderson have both issued denials of this story. But, hey, if these talks really are a secret, isn’t that exactly what they are supposed to say? The conspiracy lives on.

  1. bennyblanco1 - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    I love Reyes and I hope the Mets do re-sign him. But unfortunately, I doubt he will ever have a year this good again. Here’s hoping they get a deal done and he has solid consistent years going forward. Like his 07 numbers.

  2. seanmk - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    if i’m Reyes i don’t sign an extension now. First off they didn’t sign him to an extension when they could have last year(maybe they couldn’t though), but getting multiple offers from many teams is better then having just one team to deal with. the advantages of a free market. i as well hope he stays healthly because he’s a blast to watch

  3. foreverchipper10 - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Craig,

    Clearly this is as secret as all the NFL meetings. Or wait, you don’t follow football do you…..

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:12 PM

      Thumbs downed myself. Apologies DJ.

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