Sandy: Reyes will be a slow process, Wright should be back

This afternoon at Citi Field, Sandy Alderson spoke with SNY’s Chris Carlin, and said he expects Jose Reyes to test free agency.

Sandy doesn’t expect to make a preemptive offer to Reyes prior to the end of the exclusivity period teams have with their own free agents, and acknowledged his situation would be a “slow process”.

Alderson also said they’ve been thoughtful in the process with Reyes and have come up with some “preliminary conclusions” on the money and years they would offer, and said over time that can change.

However, Alderson told reporters that by no means would the team be “punting” the 2012 season if they are unable to retain Reyes. However, if they are able to retain him, it’s possible that could impact their pursuit of a closer for next season.

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Alderson also spoke with reporters about David Wright and, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, said he expects Wright will be with the Mets next season, although he wouldn’t guarantee any player would return.

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Michael Baron: I just can’t envision a scenario where (or why) the Mets would trade Wright, at least not now. He had a down year, and any team looking to acquire him would be acquiring a one year rental, considering he can void his 2013 option if he’s traded. Besides, I would expect Sandy to be seeking prospects in return for Wright, and teams have been reluctant to deal prospects recently.

I do think it’s logical to at least explore a deal, especially if they cannot retain Jose Reyes. But given the circumstances surrounding him, plus the options available on the free agent market, I think they’re better suited to pursue a deal for him next summer if the Mets aren’t contending (and they intend to trade him), when other teams are looking to make a push for the postseason.

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Meanwhile, according to Rubin, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said they are progressing in the sale of smaller portions of the team, saying the process is “going well.”

Lastly, according to David Lennon of Newsday, Jeff Wilpon says the costs of the renovations to the ballpark remain under the original $800 million estimated cost of construction for Citi Field.

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To watch video of Sandy’s talk with Chris Carlin, click the play button below: