The Mets have hardly tried to hide the fact that Reyes could be traded this season with free agency awaiting him at season's end. Stories have surfaced that the Giants have had internal discussions about the feasibility of dealing for Reyes.
"I don't know about that," Reyes said. "I don't know. I'm still a New York Met. Whatever happens, happens. I just want to play baseball. Right now I'm still with this team, so I'm going to continue to play and continue to do my job and give 100 percent every single day. The only thing I can control right now is playing baseball, do what I do on the field. The other stuff, I can't control it. I just need to stay focused on and continue to do what I do."
It's hardly a surprise that the Giants would discuss the possibility -- there likely have been internal discussions in nearly every front office in baseball with the Mets letting him play out the final year of his contract.
While Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has maintained that he wants to see Reyes play and prove himself healthy -- enabling the Mets to better judge his value to the organization -- few in the game believe that the Mets will sign him next winter if he remains healthy and productive.
The comparison most consider when estimating a value for Reyes is Carl Crawford, who signed a seven-year, $142 million deal with the Red Sox last winter. But Reyes is two years younger and plays a more important position.
"I don't have that decision," Reyes said. "My main thing here is playing baseball. I always say I want to be here. It is what it is. So I don't know what's going to happen, to be honest with you. Right now I just focus on playing baseball and doing my job.
"I don't think about that kind of stuff, the rumors. I just want to continue to play better because I know I still have something to prove, stay healthy, on the field and play all season. The other stuff, I can't control what people are saying. Whatever happens, happens."
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