Author’s note: Thanks to the First Lady of TRDMB, MetsFan4Decades, for bringing this to our attention.
Jose Reyes definitely has the Mets in a serious headlock.
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Jose has talked with Scott Boras about changing agents:
If true, this would almost certainly mean that Jose’s days as a Met are most definitely numbered. Jose’s current agent, Peter Greenberg, received criticism for Jose’s last contract, and defended it by suggesting that it was security which Jose was after and that he was happy with the Mets.
Considering that Jose has clearly shown himself to be 100% healthy and that he has taken his game to new heights and MVP level, one can certainly understand his wanting to maximize what will surely be–despite disagreement from Fred Wilpon–a Carl Crawford-like deal.
With Boras as his agent, should Jose finish the year with even close to the numbers he currently is projected for, he would be a free agent as a 28-year-old shortstop, amazing offensively, a fine fielder with an excellent arm, and one of the fastest players in the game.
Yes, Jose is not exactly a Keith Hernandez or a Derek Jeter when it comes to instincts and leadership, but a fine case sure could be made that were he surrounded by the kind of veteran winning players the Yankees, Red Sox, or Phillies have, Jose could be an incredibly frightening force.
With Boras’ tactics of exaggeration, drama, and secret phantom teams bidding, Jose might indeed be salivating over what Boras could extract in a bidding war between the game’s highest spending teams.
Sure it is Jose’s right; absolutely and positively. But as our faithful and wise commenter Darknova posits, “If Reyes goes to Boras, that’s a slap in the face to the fans.” Yes, it sure would be a slap to the folks who ARE at the games, who are holding up signs begging for Jose to be re-signed, who visit internet sites dedicated to Jose’s remaining a Met, and who have made him one of the all-time favorite Mets.
Time will tell, but should this become reality, it would indeed be a truly dark and hugely disappointing day for Met fans.
But it is Rosenthal, so let us hope that this is another fair and balanced report which is also false.