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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Sandy Alderson says, "No Quick Resolution in the Jose Reyes Contract Negotiations"

With shortstop José Reyes already a declared free agent and in position to speak with other teams beginning on Thursday at 12:01am, general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday he does not expect a quick resolution in the Mets’ efforts to re-sign Reyes.

Alderson said he doubts the Mets will give Reyes an offer before he begins hearing from other clubs. Reyes also is not expected to present the Mets with a contract number that would preclude him from testing the open market.

“It’s fair to say we have a sense where we would be comfortable, slightly less comfortable, totally uncomfortable,” said Alderson, who has had conversations with Reyes’ agent, when asked about parameters for a new contract.

Alderson indicated the rest of the Mets’ offseason plans are not contingent on when Reyes reaches his decision.

“It’s not like we’re going to have to make a series of decisions in sequence,” Alderson said.

“Right now I don’t think we’re uncomfortable with where we are or what we foresee happening over the next month and a half, whether José’s situation is resolved or not.”

Alderson would not rule out the possibility of adding starting pitching this offseason, but it is clear reshaping the bullpen is his top priority.

“We’ve got four or five of the guys I would call above the line -- that we can go into the season with in the rotation,” Alderson said. “We have far fewer than that in the bullpen.

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