That said, last weekend, in his column for ESPN, Buster Olney wrote:
“Some rival executives are convinced that the Mets’ financial situation all but ensures that Jose Reyes — who stands to be in the running for a nine-figure contract as a free agent next fall if he stays healthy and has a good year — will be traded before the July 31 deadline. That’s all speculation at this point.”
In addition, back in November, in an interview with Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason on WFAN, Mets GM Sandy Alderson was asked about extending Jose Reyes’ contract beyond 2011, to which he responded “Let’s see how he plays”.
I’d just hate for the uncertainty surrounding the future of Reyes serve as a distraction for him and the team. I’m hoping he’s back beyond 2011, but I think a lot depends on him and proving he can be the Jose Reyes from 2006, 2007 and 2008. If he does that, I’d be surprised if the Mets don’t seriously consider bringing him back even if it requires a long term deal.