Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 10/8/11

According to Nick Klopsis of Newsday, contract negotiations between the New York Mets and all-star shortstop Jose Reyes have not yet begun:

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The four-time All-Star shortstop said Thursday that the Mets have not reached out to him yet regarding a new deal.

“They’ll probably start up within the next few days,” the free-agent-to-be said at a red-carpet event for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue. “But right now, everything’s quiet.”

While the free-agent-to-be will be in high demand this off-season, the Mets have an exclusive window to negotiate a contract with #7 under Major League baseball free-agency rules; which expires five days after the conclusion of the World Series.

Prior to the start of the 2011 season, the Mets all-star short stop told the team he did not want to negotiate a deal during the season, but has made it clear that he wants to stay in New York.

“I’ve always said that I wanted to stay here,” Reyes told Klopsis on Thursday. “But at the same time, I understand that this is a business, and we just need to wait and see what happens.”

Upon the conclusion of the season, Sandy Alderson told reporters, signing Jose Reyes will be the clubs top priority this off-season.  So while the two sides have yet to engage in conversations about a new contract, I would expect that those talks will begin shortly.  Where they will lead, well, that is another story…

 

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