Considering free agency just began and we aren't likely to see any big names sign contracts with new teams any time soon, we have to fill the void with rumor talk. So here we are with the latest word from New York on dynamic Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Friday morning about the Mets' current situation with Reyes. Basically, the Mets are showing their hand. They want Reyes back, but don't want to pay what other teams are likely to pay. The most telling quote was from a Mets "official:"
“My instinct is no shot. I think if [GM] Sandy [Alderson] asked for it, ownership would follow his recommendations. But where the money is going to go it is not going to be the best way to spend the money, not on one player and not one player with this hamstring thing.”
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Are the Mets trying to keep his value down? Or simply bracing the fan base for a Reyes departure? Or merely just telling the truth, that they'd like Reyes back but fear someone else is going to knock him over with a colossal offer?
Whatever it is, it sounds like -- as of Nov. 4, that is, as things can easily change in a matter of minutes -- that Reyes is headed to a new employer.
Hat-tip: Hardball Talk
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