According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, Mets GM Sandy Alderson has apparently seen the light and is now ready to do what it takes to make Jose Reyes a substantial offer after the season to retain the Mets’ shortstop.
Alderson is now leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer after the season to try to retain Reyes, a free-agent-to-be, two sources with ties to Alderson told The Post.
Even Reyes’ first 2011 injury did not seem to have dimmed Alderson’s belief that the Mets are best served working diligently to retain the All-Star shortstop.
Alderson has not only been swayed by the MVP-caliber play of Reyes, but also in calculating the additional worth that would come by elating the fan base if Reyes could be retained and how much it would cost to replace a switch-hitter in his prime if Reyes left.
Sherman confronted Alderson on what he learned, but he refused to discuss that he is now committed to convincing the Wilpons that making a substantial bid for Reyes is vital. But he did tell him: “There is more going on here [when it comes to Reyes] than the game on the field.”
The sources also said, :there is almost no way the Mets will trade Reyes before the July 31 deadline, in part because Alderson is committed to trying to retain the star.”
Of course Reyes has previously said he prefers not to negotiate during the season, so nothing will probably happen until the 30 day window of exclusivity to negotiate with Reyes after the season, but before other teams can legally negotiate with him.
Needless to say, this is an exciting turn of events and great news for those who want to see the mets do whatever it takes to retain Reyes. It also represents a strong shift for Alderson who has been perceived as possibly being unwilling to offer Reyes the kind of contract it would take to retain him.
Alderson even admitted that Reyes was a special case when he said: “He has strengths in so many areas, it would be wrong to try to assess his ability in conventional ways.”
Let me add that I agree with Sherman’s take that while Reyes is having a career best season in his walk year, Reyes loves to play and would not shut it down if he received a big contract.
This is certainly not a slam-dunk for a Reyes deal, but it is the most encouraging sign to come from the Mets on re-signing Reyes this season.
Reyes currently has a major league-best .354 batting average with a .398 on-base. He leads the NL in multiple-hit games, four-hit games and triples.
In a recent chat in our MMO Shoutbox, one reader (Met Maniac) called Jose Reyes’ 2011 season as the offensive equivalent to Dwight Gooden’s 1985 season when he went 24-4 and won the Cy Young award. If he keeps it up, Reyes will certainly have himself the best offensive season in franchise history.
Congratulations to Jose on being voted into the All Star game, and we hope to see him back in action in the next few days.