“I don’t know if I’m going to be back or not…This is the only team that I played [for] so far in my whole career…I feel comfortable here. I feel good with the ownership. I feel like we are family and stuff like that. At the same time, this is a business. And to be honest with you, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Right now I want to finish the couple of [remaining] games strong and see what happens.”
~ Jose Reyes, as quoted by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York
It’s hard to envision the Mets without Reyes, and I think simply replacing his production on the field is only a small part of the challenge here, should he depart after this season. He has tremendous off-the-field value and he has been the personality of this franchise for almost ten years and I think that is something which is so unique and therefore that much more difficult to replace.
Reyes also told Rubin he’s not thinking about winning the batting title and he believes Ruben Tejada can be an everyday shortstop.
Earlier this week, Sandy Alderson said his first order of business at the end of the season is to address the situation with Reyes although according to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Mets have no intention of dragging out negotiations with Reyes after the season.