As General Managers started to arrive on Monday for the GM meeting which are set to begin Tuesday morning. The Mets GM Sandy Alderson answered some questions for the media when he arrived.On if he has had recent communications with Reyes agent.
“We’ve had some conversations. I wouldn’t classify them as substantive -- more than phone tag. … I don’t want to get into any detail. But I also while saying I don’t want to comment, I don’t want to give you the false impression that we are anywhere along the road. I still think it’s early, notwithstanding all the background noise from the last week."
Regarding reassurances that they will get a chance to make an offer.
“Nobody’s promised us that we’ll have the last clear chance,” Alderson said. “But I would expect that we will continue to talk with Jose’s agents. It’s been amicable to this point.”
Regarding free agent compensation and how it will be dealt with.
“I’m operating on the assumption, the presumption I guess, that the old rules will be grandfathered in for next season,” Alderson said. “But I don’t know that," said Alderson "That’s not something we can control, so that’s not something I can worry about.”
Regarding Reyes ending up in the same division as the Mets.
“I don’t think Jose ending up anywhere outside the Mets is ideal,” Alderson said. “In terms of in the division or out of the division, ultimately that’s not something we control.”
Regarding if payroll constraints was fueling the approach to Reyes free agency.
“I wouldn’t say that’s strictly the case -- that if the payroll were higher we would definitely re-sign Jose. I wouldn’t say that was necessarily the case.”
Regarding Chris Capuano's chances of resigning with the Mets.
"I wouldn't say definitely," Alderson said of Capuano, whose injury history prompted him to sign an incentive-laden one-year contract last winter. "But I know one thing that we have to be aware of here is that ... we not get too carried away with the relationship going forward."