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Report: Mets want quick free agent decision from Jose Reyes

Sep 16, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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Jayson Stark of ESPN.com passes along some “buzz” from “one source who’s tight with the Mets brass” who says they’ll want a yes or no from Jose Reyes quickly once he becomes a free agent.

According to Stark “if Reyes’ preference is to test the market, collect offers and then ask the Mets to counter, there are indications that the Mets don’t want to play by that script.”

Of course, every team interested in re-signing every star free agent would prefer not to get involved in a long, drawn out bidding war.

If the Mets want to blow Reyes away with a huge offer I’m sure he’d be open to signing quickly, but short of that happening I’m not exactly sure why he’d want to do them any favors by not maximizing his potential value on the open market. Reyes should be able to surpass $100 million with or without the Mets’ involvement.

  1. paperlions - Sep 16, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    They are just getting out in front of the narrative. If he refuses whatever deal they offer, they can pull out of the running claim “he didn’t want to be a Met” to try to minimize public backlash. In contrast, if the they stay in the running and don’t resign him, about the only available narrative is “a team in the biggest baseball market didn’t want to spend the necessary money to keep their best player”.

  2. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 16, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    lions I think you are correct. And for once I think the Mets brass is making a smart choice. I pity the team that gives this guy the money I have heard mentioned associated with his contract. A few years back he scared me more than any player because of his hitting stroke and his disruptive nature on the base paths. However, until this year (contract year – coincidence?) the last few seasons have been filled with stories of his laziness, bad attitude, and lack of serious preparation. His new contact SCREAMS potential albatross around the neck of whoever he signs with…

  3. mrfloydpink - Sep 16, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Mets would be wise to let him go. Let him sign with a team that has a history of grossly overpaying for garbage at shortstop. The Red Sox and Phillies both leap to mind.

    • mikedi33 - Sep 16, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      Amaro would not touch Reyes thats the difference between the Phils and Mets . The Phils built with talented guys who also had winning attitudes a nd character and the Mets just looked at talent. Look at the guys Amaro acquires Halliday, Lee Pence, they all are from the same mold. Reyes is not.

      • mrfloydpink - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:24 PM

        Right. I forgot that Amaro NEVER makes bad signings. Not ever.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 17, 2011 at 8:19 AM

      Reyes is not “garbage at shortstop.”

  4. pkswally024 - Sep 16, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    You’re a fool^

  5. mdpickles - Sep 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    The Mets want an answer ASAP, so that they can offer Albert Pujols to be the majority owner of the Mets….and play first base too.

  6. mikedi33 - Sep 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    I also don’t see too many teams giving him that kind of money. He has a suspect track record plus he is injury prone. Maybe the Giants who have a history of giving stupid contracts wii bite. If the Mets had any sense they would be better with the 2 draft picks.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 16, 2011 at 5:12 PM

      Noo…the Giants already used up all their stupid vouchers…

  7. mikedi33 - Sep 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    I also don’t see too many teams giving him that kind of money. He has a suspect track record plus he is injury prone. Maybe the Giants who have a history of giving stupid contracts wii bite. If the Mets had any sense they would be better with the 2 draft picks.

  8. Panda Claus - Sep 16, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    In about two weeks or so, the moving vans lined up in front of Reyes’ house will provide the answer that the Mets seek.

    Jose and Terry Collins both may be out of town faster than you can say “we’ve folded up”.

  9. The Common Man - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    The Mets can want whatever they want, but it’s not going to change the fact that Reyes is the best shortstop in a league that’s thin at the position. You don’t break off pursuit.

  10. rbjrxiii - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    try getting ready to play for an organization that repeatedly but poor talent around you. His last year great year was the last time mets were actual contenders. Mets have a lousy farm system an no eye for talent. The best thing the Mets can do is over pay for Reyes an a Superstar player. Grab some hungry Vets and make a splash for 2012. Otherwise let Reyes go an build thru our special olympic farm system. no disrespect to the better athletes of the special olympic.

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