Jose Reyes Will Stay Focused on Baseball
In case you haven’t heard by now, Sandy Alderson reached out to the agents of Jose Reyes regarding his current and future contract situation, and the agents relayed the message that Jose is not interested in contract discussions during the season.
Can you blame him?
Back in mid-December of 2010, I posed the question “Would You Extend Jose Reyes?“. The question elicited over 30 comments, which is a fair amount for a little site like MetsToday. My feeling back then was to extend Reyes as soon as possible, while his value was relatively low (because of his injury history and thyroid concerns) and he was open to talking. Also, I felt that it wouldn’t hurt to at least have talks with Reyes to get an idea of what he was looking for — because you never know. Maybe he would have considered a 2- or 3-year extension. Maybe he would have considered a hometown discount. Or maybe not, but you wouldn’t know unless you asked.
As it was, the Mets refused to have any discussions — they preferred to “see how he plays”. A strange answer, because, if Reyes played poorly, then there wouldn’t be any point in extending him, and if he played well, they’d never be able to afford him.
Then in January, Reyes pulled a Pujols: he wasn’t going to engage in contract talks once the season began. On the one hand, it was a negotiation ploy, to get the Mets to at least open the door. On the other hand, it was Reyes doing something responsible — his job is to focus on baseball, not finances.
Now that the situation has presented itself, what do you think? Should Reyes be open to at least listening to what the Mets have to say — even though he wasn’t offered the same respect during the winter? Is this the Mets simply saving face for PR’s sake — i.e., having the excuse of “well, we tried to talk extension and he wasn’t interested” ? Do you think there is any possibility that a conversation could occur in-season? And if so, is there any possibility the Mets can afford what Reyes might be seeking? Finally, do you think there are any factors that could change everything — for example, if Reyes suffers an injury or if the Mets trade away a big contract? Let’s discuss in the comments.