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Well a near full rotation of former Mets pitchers have now weighed in on the Jose Reyes‘s pending free agency. According to Dan Martin of the New York Post, David Cone recently said that he believes other teams may present the All-Star shortstop with a better opportunity:
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There are better fits, places that give him a better chance to win, probably,” YES Network analyst David Cone said of the shortstop, who can be contacted by other teams beginning tomorrow. “If he really loves playing for the Mets, maybe he’ll give them a discount, so to speak, or work with them.”
But Cone also knows that a 28-year-old, who just won a batting title and never has been a free agent before, likely isn’t inclined to sacrifice much.
“It’s his first go-round,” Cone said. “It’s gonna be hard [for him to take less money].”
More money, a better chance at winning, hell why not throw in warmer Winters and no state sales tax as other reasons for Reyes to try a change of scenery. Truth be told, there’s no arguing with any of Cone’s points and the same can be said for the comments former Mets ace Al Leiter made while with Cone at John Franco’s charity bowling tournament
Whenever a star player says, ‘Let’s wait till November,’ to hat’s code red for, ‘I wanna see what other teams are not only offering, but what options you have,’ ” said Al Leiter, who was .
“Any time you have a great cornerstone player and let them become a free agent, that’s the risk you take,” Leiter said. “To me, it’s a red flag.”
Perhaps the strongest opinion on the matter came from my all time favorite Mets pitcher, Dwight Gooden, who flat out stated that he believed Reyes will walk:
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I think he’s gone,” Gooden said Tuesday night at John Franco’s Charity Bowling Tournament in Manhattan. “It’s a situation where if I was the GM I’d try to lock up my core players before they got in this position. And now you’re in a situation where you’ve got the agents trying to get what’s best for themselves.”
Now if we can just get a middle-reliever and closer to comment on the situation I think that should just about to do it. I can’t believe nobody reached out to Jesse Orrosco for comment, but maybe that’s something we have to look forward to.
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Here are summaries of updates about Jose Reyes from the last two days…
When asked if the Mets have a chance to sign Reyes, SI’s Jon Heyman replied:
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“Slim, though not none. There’s little evidence the Mets would go over five years for Reyes, the very talented and beloved but injury-prone homegrown star. And that just isn’t likely to be good...
According to David Lennon of Newsday, teams are lining up for Jose Reyes, which could make it a tough market for Reyes.
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Instead of unveiling a plan to keep their popular shortstop in Flushing for years...
In his column this morning (click here to read in full) Mike Puma of the New York Post wrote that “One major league executive yesterday put the Nationals and Brewers atop the list of favorites to land Reyes, who is expected to command less than the $142 million over seven years that Carl Crawford received from Boston last winter.” The reasoning behind the early prognostication...
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Teams can now begin bidding on Jose Reyes, the New York Mets free agent All-Star shortstop.
SPEAKING PUBLICLY for the first time about Jose Reyes since the shortstop became a free agent on Sunday, general manager Sandy Alderson reiterated what the Daily News reported on Friday: The Mets will not begin with an offer designed to overwhelm the shortstop, and the team does not expect a a resolution for several months.
It is well known that outside of an outside shot at resigning Jose Reyes, the Mets will not be a major player in any of the other franchise players who hit the market this offseason. The Omar Minaya days of signing the biggest name on the market have come and gone—to some fan’s glee and to other’s dismay.
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The Mets do not plan to make an offer to free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes anytime soon, general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday, nor do they expect Reyes to sign before December.
The New York Mets have met with representatives for Jose Reyes, to begin the process of trying to re-sign him.
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At the All-Star break, this award looked like Jose Reyes' to lose. The Mets shortstop was having a dominant year, and had piled up 5.2 fWAR in 80 games. In the 46 games after the break, he was worth just 1.0 fWAR, and tailed off in the race. Other candidates stepped up big time, and the award looked a lot more competitive at the end of the day. But when all the votes were tabulated...
Here they are, courtesy of MLBTR. The official Elias rankings for this offseason. The list below includes all unsigned ranked free agents.
C.C. Sabathia, Yankees – 95.930 (can opt out)
Brandon Phillips, Reds – 91.518 (club option)
Albert Pujols, Cardinals – 95.200
Prince Fielder, Brewers – 91.200
C.J. Wilson, Rangers – 90.988
David Ortiz, Red Sox – 86.000