Jose Reyes met with reporters after the Citi Field Kids event and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York posted a great video of Reyes who discusses a variety of things, most importantly that he has no intention of negotiating any deal with the Mets during the regular season.
Reyes also discussed the possibility of being traded before the Trade Deadline.
Alderson has gone on record that he would not explore any contract talks with Jose Reyes before the start of the season. Given what both sides have said, it does look like Reyes is headed toward free agency no matter what.
The question is will he still be a Met afterward?
I never actually conceived of seeing Jose Reyes playing for any other team but the Mets. Of course I want to see Reyes go out and have the best season of his career. I’m talking .315 – 20 HR – 120 RS – 85 RBI – 60 SB.
But now I’m fearful that if he does produce like that, it may also be his ticket out of New York, as I sense a reluctance by Alderson to be willing to give into what it would take to keep Jose Reyes a Met in both years and dollars.
Worse yet, I don’t even know what the contingency plan would be to replace Reyes if he did sign with another team. Do we have anyone even half as productive offensively to replace him, and would that person be able to bat leadoff as well?