Jose Reyes Meets with Scott Boras
Several outlets are re-reporting Ken Rosenthal’s scoop that Jose Reyes and Scott Boras have met in regard to the shortstop’s representation in contract negotiations.
Oh boy. Would the Mets have any chance of re-signing Reyes if he hires Boras?
Obviously, this is not good news for the Wilpons, Sandy Alderson, or Mets fans. As we from his past history, Boras generally has his clients find their best price on the open market. And based on what we have heard about the Mets’ financial situation, it would seem unlikely that the Mets would be able to win a bidding war for Reyes.
But there is another wrinkle added to the situation: with Boras as his agent, other teams would be less inclined to make a deadline deal to obtain Reyes — especially if their intent was to sign him to an extension upon acquiring him. So, if it turns out that Boras represents Reyes, the possibility of the Mets fetching a lucrative package of prospects for the shortstop becomes slim.
Of course, just because Reyes has been talking to Boras does not mean that Jose will drop his old agent Peter Greenberg. But we’ll find out soon.
If the situation was different, I might be fuming mad about Reyes considering Boras — I might think of Jose as being money-hungry and greedy. But after the Mets refused to talk extension with Reyes over the winter, and especially after Fred Wilpon put his foot in his mouth saying Reyes wouldn’t get “Crawford money”, I can’t blame Jose for seeking out Boras — I really can’t. Maybe I’m naive, but I genuinely believe that Reyes would have considered giving the Mets a “hometown discount” if the front office didn’t publicly act so arrogant and condescending toward him. Things could have been completely different behind closed doors so I can only comment on what has been out in public, and from what I’ve seen and heard, the Mets have been lighting fires on the bridge between them and Reyes.
What do you think? Is it smart of Reyes to consider Boras as his agent? If indeed Boras does represent Reyes, do you think the Mets will have any chance at all of re-signing him? Post your notes in the comments.
If Reyes remains healthy and keeps up his current pace, I see the Yankees and Red Sox DEFINITELY getting in on the bidding — if only to keep each other honest. Further, I can see both Chicago teams considering making offers, as well as the Phillies. And don’t forget the Nationals, who have plenty more money beyond what they gave Werth. And there are certainly other teams with interest. In short, Reyes is in for a major payday. Yes there are a number of flights going from NY to the DR but he’ll have enough dough to buy his own Lear jet.
And I don’t think it’s a near certainty that Reyes finishes the season with the Mets. If they go into a losing streak between now and the end of the July that makes the Wild Card unlikely, they will be looking to deal Reyes to a desperate team.
With so many high payroll teams unlikely to bid for Reyes, that may bring his asking price down