Report: Jose Reyes Would Have ‘Seriously’ Considered 5-Year Deal With Mets

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Would Jose Reyes have returned to the Mets for something less substantial than the six-year, $106 million deal he signed with Miami?

Marlins president David Samson said Wednesday that Reyes’ decision was all about the cash. But according to the New York Daily News, the All-Star shortstop would have “seriously entertained” a five-year deal to stay in New York.

“He said, ‘I really want to play in Miami as long as you pay me $1 more than anyone else,’ ” Samson told reporters, according to Miami Today. “‘I really want to make the most money I can.’ ”

The choice was easy for Reyes. He never received a formal offer from the Mets, who were scared to give a long-term contract to the oft-injured leadoff man.

“If they wanted me back I should be there in New York,” Reyes told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts in December, shortly after his formal introduction to the Marlins.

There were members of the Mets front office against guaranteeing Reyes more than four years, a source told the Daily News. Mets owner Fred Wilpon said last month that “it was clearly a baseball decision” to let him walk.

“Are we a little leery of six-year, seven-year, eight-year contracts? Yes,” he said. “Is (general manager) Sandy (Alderson) leery of it? You bet. I’m big-time leery of it. So, listen, others have done it. I don’t want to criticize anybody else whose done something different. We did different also, and we were burned.

“That doesn’t mean there won’t be some player in the future that we think we would do something with longer term, but the history has not been very good.”

Mets fans, do you think Reyes would have signed for less to stay in Flushing? Sound off below…

it was all about the cash for Reyes

  • JD

    The Wilpons are idiots…they proved it in their financial dealings and they’ve decimated a once well-respected franchise. They are an embarrassment and should own wholesale mens clothing stores or something. Please sell the team….please!

  • Jerry

    The Mets should have traded Reyes last year. They new they wouldn’t be able to sign him and now they got nothing for him instead of a few prospects.

  • Ian

    Truth is, the Mets never intended to sign Jose Reyes, be it for five years or seven years. They didn’t want to waste their money on a top-tier player who wouldn’t lead them to a championship anyway.

  • Emmett

    It was wrong to not even make an offer, It was pretty obvious that Reyes was going to leave. Afterall, Fred “Let me put my foot in my Mouth” Wilpon went public and said Reyes is not worth “Carl Crawford” money, he even trashed David Wright. Yes Reyes went for the money but also it is safe to say that any good ballplayer wouldn`t want to play for the Mets. Their owner doesn`t know a thing about winning. In a way I am happy he is losing money. New Yorkers have spoken and Fred we want you to leave.

  • Perminator (San Diego)

    Mets should have made an offer. You’re not in the game if you don’t step up to the plate. The worst he could have done was said no. End result would be the same – he plays somewhere else. Bogus I hear about the mets not wanting to offend Reyes is chilidish and just a lame excuse. An offer should have been made to the most electric Met. Good or bad.

  • Timothy

    If the Wilpons had sold a minority stake to David Einhorn for $200 million, then the Mets would’ve sign Jose Reyes to a new 5-year deal.

  • thayer ctaylor

    He’d be foolish if he did. Baseball is a business. Owners are in it forthe biggest profit they canmake. Plyers should go for biggest salsary they can command

  • whyOH

    Hey Fred……SELL…..SELL….SELL……Reyes would have stayed for less…..Not to even make an offer is ….well…..STUPID …. Sell the team Wilpons. New York is NOT small market…. Was it a Baseball decision to give millions and 4 years to Castillo??? Not to mention Perez How did that work out for ya???

  • gary

    Reyes has talent but to be honest. Good riddince. I will miss his speed which provided the team spark, but I do not blame the Mets for not giving an injury prone shortstop a long term contract. He can sit on the Marlins Disabled List. Bye Bye Reyes. Hello Tejada.

    • mikey

      don’t you think that it would have been better to trade him and get something in return? the problem is that the wilpons would have had to pay the salary of whoever they got, the cheapest option was to let him go. unfortunately, the net result is that they let a valuable asset walk out the door.

  • Ed

    The Mets need a new owner. The Wilpons are awful and should sell the team for the fans’ sake.

  • AC

    The mets will finish last with an empty stadium with or without him

    • Alan

      It’s only spring training and the injury bug is already rearing it’s nasty head. A repeat of 77-85 I’d ALMOST settle for right now. :-(

  • richard

    F him – i hope his hamstrings tear like pulled pork

  • Jay

    strawberry! The mets are paying bonilla but not strawberry unless he is doing soem actual front office work…

  • Nick

    I don’t believe anything the Wilpons say. They have lied before. Its about The Mets’ lack of money to make a comparable offer. His Injury record has nothing to do with it. They just shot themselves in the foot because now they will lose even more money because their atttendance will drop by maybe 5,000 – 10,000 fans/game. Its a moot point anyway because if Wright and Santana have good years they will be ex Mets in July. The Wilpons need to sell the team and let the fans have a good team again.

  • Jeff

    No way he signs for less to stay in NY. Reyes is as greedy as most athletes and who can blame. The Mets made the right call Jose will get his chance to return to NY after Jeter retires and the Marlins trade Reyes to the Yankees.

  • joe

    A team thats still paying Strawberry and Bonilla and others, like the Mets are, needs to stay away from any long term deals.

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