As position players made their way to the Mets’ training facility in Port St. Lucie, so did Jose Reyes, who fielded questions about his future with the Mets. Reyes will be a free-agent after this season and the Mets have maintained a “show-me” mentality. The team said they will be able to afford him if they decide to extend his soon-to-expire contact but they will only bring him back if he shows some sign of durability and proves that he can be the player that he once was.
Reyes spoke with reporters, and essentially said the following:
“Right now it’s not in my head, because I still have one more year here,” Reyes said. “I need to stay healthy on the field and play a full season without any problem, so that’s why I don’t think about my contract. I just want to play this season and see what’s going to happen after.”
Reyes laughed when reporters asked if he would set a contract deadline similar to Albert Pujols, who is entering the final season of his contract with the Cardinals and set a deadline (which passed this week) for negotiation with the team regarding an extension.
“I’m not Albert Pujols, man,” Reyes said. “I’m Jose Reyes. We’re kind of different ballplayers.”