The Bitchin’ Internet is alive with reaction to the news of Jose Reyes declining to negotiate his contract after Sandy Alderson reached out to him.
Of course I feel the need to weigh in. It would be an injustice if I didn’t, right? Like I said, I’m a giver.
Don’t forget my friends, try not to get too wound up by this. It is part of the process that will continue all season as I have said in the past.
Keep in mind, his stance is not a new one. This has been his plan since Spring Training. Frankly, I feel like this is somewhat of a risky move on his part. He is in the middle of his best season to date, and the fans are absolutely in love with him. Seems like a good time to investigate the possibility of cashing in to me.
What if he gets hurt? What if he cools off significantly? Seems like that might cost him a pretty penny.
But you know what? I actually respect him more for his decision to hold firm. Only Jose knows Jose. If he says negotiating right now would be a distraction then I believe him.
Another thing that impresses me about this strategy is his confidence. He has always said that if he is healthy he can not only play like he is at this current level, but improve. There’s one thing I learned in my limited time playing the game of baseball (through high school mind you so it wasn’t that extensive) is that confidence is a huge part of this game. It is such a humbling game. The only other sport that can be more humbling is Golf, and there is some debate whether or not that is actually a sport.
So good for you Jose.
As far as the Mets are concerned….
I think people forget three important things in terms of their ability to re-sign Jose:
1. They are getting rid of a significant amount of moolah. They will no longer be paying Carlos (tear), Ollie, and Luis’ contracts in 2012. There is also some question about Francisco Rodriguez’s future. Based even on the payroll cut that has been discussed, there should be enough money for Jose.
2. The Mets and Jose will sit down at some point at the end of the season (unless of course they trade him). It’s not like there is animosity between the two and they will refuse to speak to each other.
3. Jose likes being in New York. Money talks, but this is certainly a factor.