Coleman’s Corner: Don’t Read Too Much Into The Mets’ Jose Reyes Situation

By Ed Coleman
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Don’t read too much into what you heard from Mets camp on Tuesday. What you heard from Jose Reyes and his agent was consistent with what they’ve been saying all along and certainly came as no surprise — and what Mets GM Sandy Alderson heard and said was not unexpected either.

Here is Alderson’s statement in response to being told by Reyes’ agent Peter Greenberg that they will not negotiate a new deal during the course of the season.

Moving forward, there is an element of uncertainty with Reyes, but Alderson stated that the Mets are obviously very interested in retaining him.

One thing that this does do is eliminate the daily updates that Alderson and the organization would have to give, and also the countless questions that Reyes would have to answer, virtually on an everyday basis.

So now knowing this, how does Alderson navigate the trade deadline of July 31?

And whether the Mets are in or out of the wild card race, how does he deal with the Reyes’ situation knowing what he has long suspected?

When Alderson spoke previously about no-trade or partial no-trade clauses, he was referring to Carlos Beltran and Frankie Rodriguez, two other Mets in the likely-to-go category. Alderson made it clear that Reyes is in a different position — in his eyes — than either of those two.

Toward the end of his media gathering on Tuesday, Alderson came to the real crux of his message.

Ultimately, it will come down to how Jose Reyes and his agents view the landscape, if he continues to have the type of season that he’s having and remains healthy.

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Eddie C.

Are Reyes’ days as a Met numbered? Fire away in the comments below…

  • Avi

    No babeball team can win it all with one player. Some great ballplayers, e.g., Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, to name a couple couldn’t win it all. I’m only saying that without Reyes they have no chance as they will not be able to replace him. He is a huge part of the nucleus but they do have to build on it. Winning a championship usually does involve some breaks here and there. It’s not easy.

  • Avi

    The Mets have the potential to be real contenders with the personnel they have if they are healthy (a la Santana, Wright and Davis) but not without Reyes. Why start from scratch when you’ve already got the nucleus. Let Reyes go and who do you replace him with? Any possible prospects they will get from trades and draft picks are highly unlikely to perform anywhere near what Reyes does at least for the foreseeable future. In all the discussions about affordability the Mets should keep in mind how much revenue will be raised by keeping Reyes since they will win more with him and he himself is a huge draw. So, by letting him go they may keep costs down but their revenues will likely plummet more than they will save. He is home-griown, has spent his entire career with the Mets, even signed his previous contract at a bargain rate for the Mets. Doesn’t he deserve to get from the Mets what he will comand elsewhere. They have signed huge contracts with players coming from other teams so now they should give to Reyes too.

    • The Thinker

      Reyes has been with the Mets for 9 yrs now. The Mets had a far better team in ’06 and the two choke years of ’07 & ’08, than they do now & Reyes was part of those teams, yet the Mets did not win a title.

      Why was that? It’s just a question base on your analyst.

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