Speaking with reporters at Cii Field before today’s game, Jose Reyes addressed the report by FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal that he may be considering changing agents to Scott Boras.
“No chance,” Reyes said, about the possibility of switching agents. “We talked a couple of times on the phone. He’s always tried to get me since the minor leagues, but like I said, I’m happy with my agents.”
Original Report 2:00 AM
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Scott Boras, the industry’s most influential agent, is speaking with Reyes about becoming his representative, according to major league sources.
Boras prefers his clients to establish their values on the open market. The Mets are unlikely to keep Reyes unless he accepts a lesser deal.
Agents are free to speak with rival agents’ clients; the talks between Boras and Reyes violate no rules. The players’ union only requires agents to disclose all contact with players on 40-man rosters that they do not represent.
Reyes met with agents in spring training, a source said, and apparently was considering a change at that time.
With Boras to advise Reyes going forward, it would mean that Sandy Alderson’s window to re-sign the Mets shortstop has come to an end and that Reyes will most assuredly become a free agent.
Nobody expects a cash strapped Mets organization to get into any protracted bidding wars with as many as eight or more interested teams according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Adding insult to injury were the remarks owner Fred Wilpon made in an interview with the New Yorker:
“He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money,” Wilpon told the New Yorker. “He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”
Sources also told Rosenthal that the Mets thought they could retain Reyes on a three-year deal in the range of $45 million of $50 million, but now recognize that such a goal is unrealistic.
I can’t even imagine Jose Reyes playing for any other team but the Mets.
This is going to be agonizing.