Mets’ Alderson: Reyes Contract Talks ‘Unlikely’ This Spring

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted Tuesday that “it’s unlikely” he’ll begin contract talks with Jose Reyes this spring.

Flushing faithful worry that shortstop Jose Reyes, unsigned after 2011, could be a possible casualty of New York’s financial woes.

“To be honest with you, right now, I’m not thinking about my contract,” Reyes said last week. “I’m thinking about helping this team win a lot of ballgames and see what happens.”

There has been some speculation whether Reyes is Alderson’s preferred type of player.

“I would disagree with that statement,” said Alderson. “That probably alludes to his reliance on speed and my sense that maybe speed is not as critical. But he brings so many different things to the table, as I’ve said earlier, that you can’t just focus on the speed element.

“The speed element is a plus. There’s no question about that, and well appreciated by me by the way.”

Alderson wants to see Reyes perform on the diamond this season before making any contract decisions.

“I’m the kind of person that likes to get a feel for people and how they tick and be around them a little bit,” Alderson said. “This isn’t just about scouting evaluations, this is getting comfortable with Jose and other people who are in camp as someone who hasn’t been around.”

Alderson also reiterated that a lawsuit against the Mets isn’t limiting his moves as the team’s new general manager.

“I’m confident I can do anything with any one individual player,” Alderson said at the Mets’ spring training complex. “At this point I’m not facing any limitations. At this point I don’t expect to.”

Should Alderson lock up Reyes now? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • 86mets

    Why doesn’t Alderson just come out and say what is an eventuality anyway? That Jose Reyes doesn’t walk enough and he has NO intention of re-signing him. I also look for Pagan to not be around much longer either, as a speed guy who doesn’t walk “enough” for the new almighty GM. Within his 4 year reign of terror, expect Alderson’s teams to resemble Earl Weaver’s O’s teams of the ’70’s and ’80’s: good OBP, taking a base at a time, no hit and run, no stealing, but waiting on the 3 run Homer. After all, that’s what wins according to the Alderson bible which we fans should never, ever call into question. Can’t we just skip ahead 4 years and dump this ’80’s AL dinosaur before he turns the Mets into the New York Pirates?

    • Tron

      what good is speed if the player does not get on base. Reyes is a career .286 hitter, most of his hits are singles with a few triples. He’s a lead off hitter, his J.O.B is to get on base. it has nothing to do with waitng on the 3 run homer & what good is it if Reyes is not on base. Also, stealing bases is not what it used to be. Reyes steals a base with the Mets up by 8 runs in the bottom of the 8th, yet gets caught stealing 3rd with no outs, the big bats coming up, with the Mets down by 2 in the bottom of the 9th. Smart guy this Jose Reyes.

    • Rich K Risti

      The flaw in your theory is that they aren’t signing Pujols or Prince Fielder. Who else can homer in Citi Field. Not David Wright, not Jason Bay.

      Worst thing that could happen to the Mets this year is that they contend. Then they’d have a harder time selling fans on trading Reyes, Beltran, etc.

      They have 2 years to turn the team around before Wright bolts. I can see him manning 3rd in Camden Yards, getting up near 40HRs a year.

  • Rock

    I’ve said it before, yes, Reyes has great speed, but he can’t carry a team to a championship with just his speed. There are those other things you need from a player, other then speed Reyes brings nothing. As a lead of hitter the guy is a career .332 on base percentage, not good at all, he’s terrible on walks. As a lead off hitter he should be on base at least once or twice a game. Hitting a triple or two does not make you a great player. Reyes is good, but not great.

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