Found December 14, 2011 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
Yesterday at Citi Field, Sandy Alderson said he has no regrets over how things played out between the Mets and Jose Reyes. He said he never wanted to make the first offer to Reyes, knowing Jose’s agents would simply turn around and shop that offer to other teams (forcing the Mets to eventually offer more anyway). As an example, he doesn’t think it is a coincidence that Jose’s price went up from Friday (when he talked with Jose’s agents about a potential deal) to Saturday night (when Miami offered six years). “What we thought might happen may have happened, in terms of making an offer and – in our case – having it used to increase another offer, which is the nature of the game,” he said, referring to why Miami upped their offer over that final weekend. In regards to the definition of ‘offer,’ Alderson explained: “Well, from a legal stand point, an offer is something that – if accepted – becomes a legal contract. … I think in the context of baseball it is about information. It’s
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