NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mike Francesa touched on the Jose Reyes saga swirling around the New York Mets during his show’s open on Tuesday.
“Jose would agree to do anything to come here. He wants to come here in the worst way. The feedback is that Jose wants to come here, he wants to play third base,” Francesa said. “He’s willing to play third base, he’s willing to do anything. He really wants to play here.”
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal initially reported that the Mets are “debating internally” whether Reyes “would be worth the public-relations fallout.”
The Colorado Rockies designated Reyes for assignment on June 15 after completing a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy. He was suspended through May 31 after being charged with domestic violence for an altercation with his wife in Hawaii last October. Prosecutors dropped the charge ahead of a trial scheduled April 4, saying Reyes’ wife was not cooperating.
“I think this is a time where the Met fan who calls the station can actually impact ownership a little way in that regard,” Francesa said.
He continued, “My read on it is that the Met fan will understandably want to hear Jose’s side, and want to hear him say he’s sorry for whatever happened, and he’s done the things he needed to do to make sure that never happens again, and I think everyone wants to hear that.”
If the Mets do sign Reyes, the team would only owe him a pro-rated portion of the minimum salary. The Rockies are still responsible for the $39 million remaining on Reyes’ contract.
Francesa also talked about the Mets recent offensive struggles. Listen to the entire show open below.