Tonight at the GM Meetings in Milwaukee, Sandy Alderson spoke with reporters about the his negotiations with Jose Reyes. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Alderson said he has talked with Jose’s representatives since their visit with the Marlins last week. However, because Jose’s agent, Peter Greenberg, is out of the country, he will not be speaking with him again this week.
“We’ve had some conversations,” Alderson said, according to Rubin. “I don’t want to get into any detail, but – also while saying I don’t want to comment – I don’t want to give you the false impression that we are anywhere along the road. I still think it’s early, notwithstanding all the background noise from the last week.”
Alderson also said the discussions have been “amicable,” but he has not been given the indication he will get a last opportunity to make a final offer.
In addition, Alderson doesn’t think payroll constraints have impacted the club’s approach to Reyes’ free agency, saying, “I wouldn’t say that’s strictly the case, that if the payroll were higher we would definitely re-sign Jose. I wouldn’t say that was necessarily the case.”
So, at this point, it’s safe to assume Jose’s people made the Mets aware of their actual asking price (based on what Miami is offering), and so now the bidding can be begin. … assuming the Mets have interest in topping what Buster Olney believes will eventually be a five-year, $100 million deal from the Marlins.
This afternoon in a poll on MetsBlog.com, just 5 percent of voters said the Mets should offer more years and more money per season than what Miami is offering, while 31 percent said the Mets should pass and let Reyes sign elsewhere. 51 percent said the Mets should offer more money per season, but still for five years; while just 9 percent said they should more years, but the same money.