The Mets are said to be in the market for an external second or third baseman, but they aren’t giving up on the potential of retaining a member of the 2017 squad
Earlier this month, shortstop Amed Rosario said he hopes the team retains the longtime Mets infielder
“There’s no words to it,” Rosario said through an interpreter about his friend and teammate. “He’s more than a friend, he’s a brother and I’ve learned a lot from him.”
“If it’s God’s will, he will be next year,” Rosario added about Reyes’ future with the team.
Reyes, 34, appeared in 145 games for the Amazin’s in 2017, hitting .246/.315/.413 with 15 homers and 58 RBI in 561 plate appearances.
The veteran resides in New York and hopes the Mets retain him next season and beyond.
“Regardless of how I started the season here this year, I feel like I still had a real good second half,” Reyes said last month. “I feel like I’ve played the best I’ve played (in the second half) in a few years. That’s the way that I feel. In the second half, the way that I’ve been able to get out of this slump that I was in the first two months of the season, I feel like if I’m not here, I’m going to have a job.
“But hopefully it’s here. This is where I want to be.”
I think it’s time the Mets move beyond Reyes. Yes, he is good friends with Rosario, but the Mets need to upgrade their infield. They already have T.J. Rivera and Wilmer Flores to go along with Asdrubal Cabrera, so I just don’t see where he fits.
Plus, I’m sure he wants to be an everyday player, which I don’t see happening in Queens. Only in the case of the Mets being unable to land an external infield option would Reyes returning become a possibility and that seems unlikely.