Sandy talks about Reyes, and the definition of an 'offer'

Yesterday at Citi Field, Sandy Alderson said he has no regrets over how things played out between the Mets and Jose Reyes.

He said he never wanted to make the first offer to Reyes, knowing Jose’s agents would simply turn around and shop that offer to other teams (forcing the Mets to eventually offer more anyway). As an example, he doesn’t think it is a coincidence that Jose’s price went up from Friday (when he talked with Jose’s agents about a potential deal) to Saturday night (when Miami offered six years).

“What we thought might happen may have happened, in terms of making an offer and – in our case – having it used to increase another offer, which is the nature of the game,” he said, referring to why Miami upped their offer over that final weekend.

In regards to the definition of ‘offer,’ Alderson explained:

“Well, from a legal stand point, an offer is something that – if accepted – becomes a legal contract. … I think in the context of baseball it is about information. It’s not about being able to sign and accept something immediately. So, from that stand point, do I think we provided information that would have given them an exact idea of what was going on with us? Yes.

The night news broke of Reyes possibly signing with the Marlins, asked if the Mets should top their reported six-year, $106 million deal and 71% of 13,000 voters said, ‘No.”

Similarly, in a poll on in June, only 17% of roughly 13,000 fans said the Mets should guarantee Reyes six or more years on his next contract. The same poll ran every month through the end of the season and it never again raised above 15% until the day before Reyes signed in Miami – at the last minute – when it raised to 35%.

In other words, even while news was breaking last that Reyes might be signing a six-year deal with the Marlins, 65% of voters still said the Mets should offer just five years or less.