Despite rampant speculation here and virtually everywhere else that they would trade Jose Reyes this summer, the New York Mets have let it be known that they will not, in fact, move their star shortstop.
Word has surfaced this afternoon that the Mets have decided against parting with Reyes, which could be a sign that they will try to re-sign the free agent-to-be this winter. The word is, Reyes has changed the mind of the franchise with his play this season.
Reyes has had a bounce-back season this year. He currently leads the all of baseball with a .355 batting average, while adding three home runs, 32 RBI, 22 doubles, 15 triples, 66 runs and 30 stolen bases. He also has a career-high .925 OPS, and has 27 walks against just 26 strikeouts.
Despite reported interest from the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox, the Mets don’t look likely to budge on today’s declaration.
The 28-year-old Reyes is in his eighth season and, as noted, is headed into free agency. If he continues to play the way he has, he’ll be one of the top two or three players available this offseason. Now that they have decided to keep him, at worst the Mets will offer him arbitration, then be awarded with two high draft picks when he signs elsewhere. At best, they may be able to figure out a long-term pact with Reyes despite the fact that general manager Sandy Alderson has said he will be trying to cut payroll. Alderson has already gotten rid of Francisco Rodriguez and if he manages to trade Carlos Beltran he will have moved a lot of money off the books.
While Beltran, K-Rod and Reyes would all have been free agents next season, any money the Mets could save this year, however miniscule, would be welcomed given their horrible financial situation.
The fact that the team is holding on to Reyes might mean there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Mets fans.