We all know that Jose Reyes will be a free agent at the end of the year. Well with another big name player, Albert Pujols, trying to get a new contract done before spring training, Mets GM Sandy Alderson has no intention having these type of talks with Reyes.
Rightfully so. The Mets already have to deal with a media circus thanks to the Wilpon-Madoff situation. They certainly do not need another one.
Yet kudos have to go out to Reyes for not making any demands. He just wants to go out and play. This is his year to prove that he has every reason to stay with this team. Does Alderson see it that way? In a way, yes. Here’s what he had to say on ESPNnewyork.com:
I’m the kind of person that likes to get a feel for people and how they tick and be around them a little bit. So this isn’t just about scouting evaluations. This is getting comfortable with Jose…as someone who hasn’t been around.
I like the fact that Alderson wants to see what he has before making any decisions regarding players. Yet when you have seen what you have in Oliver Perez, you have to scratch your head and wonder why the Mets most selfish player is still around.
Personally, I would love to see Jose Reyes stick around. He is the one player who can ignite the team. Although that award went to Ike Davis last year. Reyes has a lot of upside and little down. He has matured and I think manager Terry Collins sees that which is why he will have the green light on the bases.
I think Alderson is just in full evaluation mode. It will be interesting what happens to this team as the trade deadline approaches. If Reyes does indeed prove himself to be more than a speedster, I see him staying with this team right alongside David Wright. They key for Reyes is staying healthy and keeping his head in the game during the game.