NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jose Reyes isn’t worth all the money he wants. Carlos Beltran is no longer a top-tier player. David Wright isn’t a superstar.

Those aren’t merely the opinions of some disgruntled Mets fan. Those thoughts come straight from the owner of the team, Fred Wilpon.

In a statement, the club said: “We are handling the matter internally.”

Jeff Wilpon reached out to Reyes, Beltran and Wright on Monday, according to WFAN’s Jon Heyman. Wilpon declined to comment or characterize the conversations.

The Mets open a set against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley field on Tuesday. Manager Terry Collins doesn’t think Wilpon’s comments will have a negative impact on his team.

“These guys are professionals and I don’t think a lot of that stuff fazes them,” he said. “The media around here can be very critical at times and I think these guys are aware of it, and you’ve got to go play. They can’t worry about anything else.”

Wilpon’s sharp words for the All-Stars and his teetering team appear in a newly released profile by Jeffrey Toobin in “The New Yorker.” He made the comments during the Mets’ 4-3 loss to Houston on April 20.

“Lousy clubs, that’s what happens,” Wilpon remarked after the Mets missed an early chance to score, then gave up some runs. “We’re snake-bitten, baby.”

Beltran is finishing up a $119 million, seven-year contract the outfielder signed with the Mets after his monster 2004 postseason for Houston, when he hit eight homers and scored 21 runs in 12 playoff games.

“We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series,” Wilpon said, referring to himself. “He’s 65 to 70 percent of what he was.”

“Carlos’ numbers speak for themselves,” said Scott Boras, Beltran’s agent. “I’m not sure why Fred would say that.”

LISTEN: The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, Boomer & Carton break down Wilpon’s comments on Reyes, Wright and Beltran

Reyes can become a free agent at the end of the season. There’s been speculation the shortstop wants a contract similar to the $142 million, seven-year deal that Carl Crawford signed in the offseason.

“He’s a racehorse,” Wilpon said of the often-injured speedster.

“He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money,” he said. “He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”

As for Wright, Wilpon said the third baseman is “a really good kid. A very good player.”

Not a superstar,” Wilpon said.

In a statement released by his agent, Wright said: “Fred is a good man and is obviously going through some difficult times. There is nothing more productive that I can say at this time.”

Much of the magazine story focuses on Wilpon and his Mets getting caught in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

Madoff told “The New Yorker” that Wilpon “must feel that I betrayed him, as do most of my friends who were involved.”

“I don’t think Fred could be a nicer guy than he is,” Madoff said. “He obviously loves baseball and loves the team.”

Can Fred Wilpon save face? Fire away in the comments below…

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Comments (8)
  1. DieHardMetsFan says:


    I’ve been a fan all my life. I don’t go looking for excuses. 24 straight years of suffering, this being the 25th, and I’m still here. The 2011 Mets are not the 1986 Mets. I’m not delusional! Wilpon, however, is an idiot! If the Madoff scheme didn’t happen, he doesn’t spout off these stupid comments. He’s blaming his players as a way of blowing steam.

    From the perspective of an HONEST fan:

    Beltran – Yes, past his prime, but still very productive. I’m more worried about Bay than Beltran

    Reyes – There is not a better offensive shortstop in the league that plays below 5000 feet in elevation when at home! Reyes is the 2nd best in the league, and way better than overrated guys like Jeter!

    Wright – I don’t care what he thinks. Wright is a superstar! He’s not the best player in baseball right now. I leave that to Alburt Pujols. But he’s in the top 20 of all position players in baseball currently active. Yeah, he may be seeing more of the DL than he did before, but that doesn’t change the fact.

    You want to know the real problems with the Mets? Here’s why the Mets aren’t winning the world series in 2011:

    1. Jason Bay – This guy reminds me of Mark Wholers from the Atlanta Braves. Went thru an injury, and then did nothing. Remember when Wholers couldn’t even throw the ball to the catcher’s mitt, and everything went to the backstop? Bay is headed in this same direction, only with the Bat instead.

    2. The Entire Mets Pitching Staff – Mets pitching blows! Pelfrey is ok for a #4 or #5. Same with Niese. Santana’s been hurt. Bullpen is mediocre at best. We basically have a decent #4, a decent #5, an inconsistent Knuckleballer who could also maybe be a 5 and put Pelfrey and Niese at 3 and 4 respectively. Santana is a 2. We need Santana back, and we need an Ace. Other than the Closer, we need a whole new bullpen.

    3. 2nd Base – We have 2 merry-go-rounds going on, where no 1 player can play consistently and stay healthy. Center Field and Second Base (was First Base a couple of years ago). When Pagan is back, center field will be fixed. Second Base is a mjaor problem right now. Nobody playing 2nd right now is good enough to be a full timer.

    4. Injuries – Santana, Wright, Davis, etc. When injuries are causing a major problem, that means you have a major depth issue. In other words, you have none! No depth what-so-ever!

    The Cubs are “Completely Useless By September”. They will NEVER win, don’t bother. The Mets are the next curse. Like the White Sox and Red Sox, we’ll win again, but I’ll probably be in a senior center (36 now, if that gives you a timeline).

    1. Why Mets fans are idiots, see below says:

      DieHardMetsFan how many title has Reyes won for the Mets? Reyes is overrated and to compare him to Jeter makes you a complete idiot. Jeter is responsible for the Yankees winning 5 World Series Rings.

      Stealing bases & being flashy does not make you a great player. You’re also comparing a player who’s 28 to a player who’s 36.

      When Jeter was Reyes’s age he already had won 4 titles, had more hits and was already consider a Hall of Famer.

      Only idiots like you can say a player (Reyes) with a career .286 average is better than a career .314 hitter (Jeter)

      Jeter is 25 hits from 3000, the ONLY shortstop in baseball history with seven 200 plus hit seasons.

      Reyes has only 1181 hits in 9 seasons. At this rate Reyes will be lucky to hit 1800 by the time his career is over

      Keep your overrated player in Reyes, which by the way will be saying bye-bye after this season

      And we’ll keep Hall of Fame Jeter & his 5 World Series ring.

      By the way, have your dumb@ss recovered from the @ss beating the Yankees gave the Mets this past weekend. LOL, LOL

      Jeter has 2 hits in each game & how has hit in 25 consecutive games against the Mets. His career average is around .500, plus that 2000 WS MVP.

      Your Jealous, envy & bitter you’re little team from Queens are not the Mighty Yankees from the Bronx

  2. Reyes countdown calendar says:

    May 24th, Reyes is still a Met, but for how long? Countdown begins today and every day until he’s traded or he leaves via free agency.

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  4. LongTimeFan says:

    Fred Wilpon has done the right thing here – and did so in timely fashion -..reaching out to Wright, Reyes and Beltran.

  5. LongTimeFan says:

    Mets fans just look for excuses to bash the Wilpons. This is yet another. The same ones who regularly shoot their mouths off about the players, are the same ones claiming holier-than-thou when Fred Wilpon said same thing in far tamer way. I say to the Wilpons hang in there, don’t let moronic Mets fans push your buttons. You deserve a better fan base.

    1. METSFANRIP says:

      “You deserve a better fan base.”??? Are you kidding??!! The Mets fan base has been one of the most loyal fans in the league, we’ve gone through hell! Yet we remain loyal. But, guess what? everyone has a breaking point. Mr. Wilpon is shooting himself in the foot.
      Most of my friends are “Mets” Fans and they’re all jumping ship one at a time. The moment Reyes gets traded I’m going with him. Boston would be perfect!!!

  6. Nick M says:

    Well, when “THE METS” say they are handling things “internally” it just makes you scratch your head.
    I’m sure these comments will just bring the fans into Citi by the dozens! This will help pay back that loan to MLB at the end of the month wont it?
    These statement would have those “potential suitors” sending their offers in droves! I mean who wouldn’t want to be the co-captain of 1st mate of the Titanic?
    Look, Selig, just come out publicly and tell everyone that MLB has taken control, because “handling things internally” sounds to me like MLB is running this team and Wilpon is just running his mouth…

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