Friday, October 07, 2011
The off-season is officially here for the Mets, but Jose Reyes ' contract negotiations have not started yet according to Nick Klopsis of Newsday.
The four-time All-Star shortstop said Thursday that the Mets have not reached out to him yet regarding a new deal.
"They'll probably start up within the next few days," the free-agent-to-be said at a red-carpet event for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue. "But right now, every thing's quiet."
Reyes is coming off a five-year, $33.75 million contract extension. The 28-year-old shortstop is widely considered one of the top prizes this offseason after recording a National League -best .337 average.
Reyes had asked the Mets front office during spring training to table all contract negotiations until the end of the season.
Under Major League Baseball free-agency rules, the Mets are the only team currently permitted to speak with Reyes. All other potential suitors must wait until after the World Series .
Reyes said that he would like to stay in New York, but recognizes that it may not happen.
"I've always said that I wanted to stay here," said Reyes, who has been the longest-tenured player on the Mets. "But at the same time, I understand that this is a business, and we just need to wait and see what happens."
The speedy shortstop has been criticized for the way he won the National League batting crown. After recording a bunt single to lead off the bottom of the first against the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 28, he took himself out of the game to protect his lead over Milwaukee's Ryan Braun , who ended with a .332 average.
But Reyes insisted that the criticism has not gotten to him.
"I don't care what other people say," he said. "The Mets had never won a batting title before, so I did it for the team and the fans."