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Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:16 pm

By Evan Brunell

The Mets and shortstop Jose Reyes may be preparing to enter secret talks about a contract extension, the New York Post reports.

This flies in the face of previous reports, with GM Sandy Alderson revealing in June that he had reached out to agent Peter Greenberg to discuss a contract but was told Reyes did not want to negotiate in-season, a common theme among impending free agents. But now, a source says these statements were likely a "smokescreen" designed to avoid media and fan scrutiny. This will allow both sides to negotiate a contract in peace, plus avoid any fan backlash should it leak that Reyes rejected a contract extension the public deems fair.

“I am no longer commenting on that possibility,” Alderson said before Wednesday's game when asked if there will be no discussions with Reyes during the season. Another one of Reyes' representatives, Chris Leible, dismissed the notion to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, saying, "Nothing's changed since this first came up a few weeks ago."

A common contract term that has been bandied about for Reyes is Carl Crawford's megadeal with the Red Sox, a deal signed this past winter. Crawford's contract calls for $142 million over seven years, and reports have Reyes hoping to match or exceed that number. While Reyes may deserve those numbers based on his season to date, he doesn't deserve it when you look at his full body of work. Of course, that probably won't matter once (if) he hits the free-agent market and teams scramble to win the bidding.

But if Reyes is amenable to a shorter contract, the cash-strapped Mets will pounce before free agency. It won't preclude them from raising their bid in free agency, but as the Post reports, a strong offer probably won't go past five or six years at a $100-$120 million value.

The Mets do have ample money coming off the books after the year, as well as the next couple of seasons, but a $142-million outlay is still a big sum of money for the Wilpons to commit in light of their struggles trying to settle a lawsuit brought forth by Bernie Madoff's trustee, Irving Picard, who is charged with returning money to those who lost money under Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The Wilpons had a tight relationship with Madoff and while they lost money as well, they also made copious amounts of money. If Picard succeeds in recovering those monies, the Wilpons will have no choice but to sell the team and have already brought in a minority owner in David Einhorn to help meet financial commitments.

Before Reyes signs a contract, his sore left hamstring has to get better. He was out of the lineup for the fourth-straight game Wednesday and Newsday reports that a decision about a disabled-list trip would be made Thursday.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:32 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:58 am

Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

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Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:24 pm

Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

DaJimmy - I disagree a bit.  Only now have the Phils put money into the arms.  I loved the Braves of the past and always thought they ran the organization the way it should.  Pay your starters heavily and let the AAA fight for the spots.  I was in awe to watch 14 years of dominance and every year there was a new (different) hero on offense.  The Braves farm system has always been top notch.  It is nice to see home grown Utley, Howard, Rollins and Brown blossom though.  We'll see who is next.  and why did my post get deleted?  I simply said get your shine box? no curses>

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:16 am

Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

To the guy who said Rollins is finished Haaaaaaaaaaaaha thats funny, J-Roll has tormented the Mets for years ad every other team in th NL east, And i would not kill to overpay a lazy, but talented, dont get me wrong, player, at the top of the philly lineup. Reyes is about one thing and one thing only when hes on the field and thats himself.

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:45 pm

Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

Matteo365 & koolmike,

Both front offices mortgaged the future for a shot at the present, with niether working out as they would have hoped.  Yes, the Phils have won a championship, but they are turning out to be nothing more than a higher priced version of the Atlanta Braves of the past.  With the clock ticking, they had better win at least one more to justify the inevitable crap they will throw out there once the mortgage comes due and the player costs begin to outweigh their values.  The Mets are on the opposite end - they are nearing the end of the mortgaged future from the past 10-15 years and, while they still spend money on free agents, have re-focussed on drafting and developing young talent (Gee, I. Davis, Duda, Murphy, etc).  They are also have eliminated, or are in the process of eliminating some large declining value contracts (O. Perez, K-Rod, Beltran, L. Castillo, etc.).  The future is much brighter in Flushing than in Philly.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:29 pm

Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

Trading Reyes DOES NOT MAKE SENSE.  You won't get any value for him, and you will effectively take yourself out of the race to sign him (besides with perez, castillo, and Beltran off the books next year, you have plenty of money available to sign him)

Dude. If these "secret" talks don't result in Reyes signing a contract extension you can bet everything you've got they are going to trade Reyes.  And trust me, they will get plenty in return.  That being said what they get in return doesn't matter because if he makes it to free agency the Mets are out of the race... they'll never sign him when he becomes available to everybody else.  If they can't sign him now what makes you think they'll outbid everybody else in the offseason?   No chance that happens... it's now or never for the Mets and I'm willing to bet an extension doesn't happen. 

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 9:28 pm
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Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 9:08 pm

Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

Oh sure NOW Jose wants to talk...just a couple of weeks ago it was all hard ball and wait til after the season and all that garbage.

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:41 pm

Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

Some secret.........

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 6:51 pm

Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

Matteo...why don't you go troll somewhere else dude. Do you think the Ibanez signing was a good one? Think the Phillies aren't going to eat the back end of the Cliff Lee deal? Or Ryan Howard...dude is going to weigh 400 pounds when he is 35 and yeah you will still be paying him 20 million per? What about Joe Blanton 10.5 million per that was an awesome move. Roy Oswalt...16 million a year...when is he starting again this year??? Brad Lidge...12 million per year??? How many saves does he have this year? Jimmy Rollins...9 million bucks for a 264 average? I could go on but I won't because even a half wit like yourself probably gets my point.  The bottom line is since the Phillies won the series in 2008 they have become the Yankees. Every year since...they spend more money and get worse results. 2009 higher payroll than 2008...lost in WS. 2010...higher payroll than 2009...lost in NLCS. 2011...higher payroll then 2010...lost in...just wait and see. It is so hilarious to see Phillies fans who root for arguably the worst franchise in the history of baseball talk s%^t about any other team. It took the franchise 125 years to finally have a little bit of a run and all they have to show so far is 1 WS title.  Keep talking as your team keeps losing in the post season...after this weekend you might actuallybe tied with ATL for the division much for running away with it...

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