Mets Exercise Jose Reyes’ 2011 Option

The Mets exercised Jose Reyes' 2011 option and will pay the shortstop $11MM in salary instead of a $500K buyout. The 27-year-old has said he'd like to sign in New York long-term, and GM Sandy Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that he's open to working out an extension.

β€œA long-term deal is not out of the question,” Alderson said. β€œIt is something we can certainly discuss at a future date.”

Reyes hit .282/.321/.428 with 30 steals and 50 extra base hits in 2010. 


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  1. Guest 5 years ago

    All things considered, this probably made sense at this price. Flores and Tejada are just not ready yet.

    • oleosmirf 5 years ago

      well Flores is not going to be at SS much longer. His future is 3B or the OF…

  2. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    Jose… Jose… Jose… Jose… Hip Hip… Jose!

    Lets hope he stays injury free and finally puts all together.
    This is a crossroads type of year for Reyes. He needs to show he has grown up and can be what the potential says he’ll be. Otherwise, Alderson will move him for sure.

  3. jwsox 5 years ago

    this is a very interesting point for the mets…do they believe they can compete in the east so they keep wright jose beltran, bay, etc or do they look at them selves in the mirror and see they are not as good as the mets and phillies and do they have a fire sale and start over with a new GM…its not a shot at the team at all, infact trading away jose, david, jason, maybe just maybe johan, and carlos would net them some serious prospects and maybe eve young cheap MLB ready tallent…yeah they would have to eat some salary but moving 5-6 all stars to teams in need of those types of tallent while restocking the farm system with very very good tellent might not be a bad thing at all

    • oleosmirf 5 years ago

      they aren’t trading Wright and Reyes. nothing they could get in return would be worth anything near the value they have for the Mets

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      Alderson is not going to do anything that drastic. He mentioned at the press conference that the Mets are not going to rebuild. They will be open to trading some of their players, but nothing like you propose. Like it or not they do compete with the Yankees, even if they’re in different leagues. Their attendance was down 160,000 from last year and they will not allow it to dip any lower. Alderson believes he has pieces to work with that will allow them to compete. Trades will be made and people moved, but to scrap the whole thing and start anew as you propose won’t happen anytime soon.

      • The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

        They need three SP, a legit RF, 2nd bagger, catcher, and DEPTH for the bench and pen. They have a lot of work ahead of them.

        • Slopeboy 5 years ago

          Agree with most of what you say, but Alderson is not going scuttle the roster in order to stat rebuilding. He has already stated that in recent interviews and at the news conference when he was introduced. The catcher Thole will be given the chance to prove he can’t handle the position.Tejada will be given a chance at 2B to show he can hit ML pitching, otherwise it’s still Castillo with his $6MM contract.Duda will be given a shot at RF if they move either Beltran or Pagan.Assuming Santana won’t be back until late spring or early summer, that leaves the rotation needing two starters. Dickey, Niese, Pelfry are there now. Perez will be cut if he can’t be moved.The Bench will not be a priority with all the other pressing needs. If Alderson can fix all that , he should win Executive of the Year hands down.

        • oleosmirf 5 years ago

          not sure where you are getting this from. I will give you bench, the pen and the lack of mlb ready prospects in AAA but the Mets OF is Bay, Beltran, Pagan which is top 10 in baseball for sure. Thole is a very good young catcher. Niese, Dickey and Pelfrey are certainly a very good middle. The only issue is Santana’s injury forcing the Mets to need a top of the rotation guy in order to make the playoffs this season.

          The mets however, are not going to spend the money just to try to win this year. Maybe they go after a John Garland or Javier Vasquez in but Im expecting someone on the lines of Vicente Padilla or James Shields

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      Even if the Mets feel that they can’t compete next year they should still pick up his option if for no other purpose than to trade him. And if they feel like they can’t sign him to a team friendly deal (anything not absurdly overpaying) then trade him. The fan base is already pissed but if they can get some real talent back then you deal with the backlash. I wouldn’t say Reyes has “iconic” value to them like a Dwight Gooden or Tom Seaver.

      • i disagree; i think jose very definitely has that kind of iconic value to the franchise…and i believe that the fans would react VERY badly to a deal that took him away from citi field…he’s home-grown, has an engaging personality and plays a very good shortstop…i say sign him to a long term deal…

        • JaySchu 5 years ago

          Disagree. Most of us view him as lazy and loafing, not engaging. Is he a good talent? Yes. Is he immature? Yes.

  4. As a diehard Phillies fan, let’s hope they keep him at short instead of moving him to center, where he belongs. His UZR is consistently terrible over the past few year, yet his outfield tools are very real.

    The price is probably a bit high but the Mets can afford it.

    • oleosmirf 5 years ago

      sure he posted (slightly) negative numbers but that doesn’t explain the whole story. first off Reyes was been injured for most of the past 2 seasons and also the Mets have 2 top 5 defensive players at CF already, moving Reyes to SS would only hurt the Mets but you are a diehard Phillies fan so i guess that would be your reason for proposing that.

      • The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

        Pagan is a very good outfielder, but Beltran is declining though

        • oleosmirf 5 years ago

          sure but this is Beltran’s final year in NY and Pagan will be set to take over in 2012. Given the amount of money coming off the books after this season, the Mets can acquire a RF or use one of their OF prospects.

    • Stick to watching the Phillies. Reyes in center?? At least its an “original” thought.

      While UZR has not been kind to Reyes the last two years, he’s been injured and I wonder how much of it is due to shading one way or the other due to Castillo’s horrible range (and even throw Wright in there as a variable). He was a plus plus defender not more than 3 years ago.
      Furthermore Reyes has been well worth his salary even in a down year, just not the $22 milllion dollar value range we are accustomed to.

  5. TapDancingTeddy 5 years ago

    Good news for the Mets. Wright and Reyes have been the foundation of all recent Mets’ success.

    If Reyes proves he’s healthy and can stay that way, I expect the Mets to offer him an attractive long term deal.

    • GriffeyandSizemore 5 years ago

      What Mets success?

      • TapDancingTeddy 5 years ago

        I remember them being within 1 game of the National League Championship. Is that the same as winning a WS? No, but the team that did that, and the teams that were perennial NL East contenders were Wright and Reyes powered.

        It’s been a good combination for them, and it always cracks me up when people say the Mets should get rid of one or the other. The Mets should continue to build around those guys.

    • PookieGonzales 5 years ago

      If i was jose and i put it all together next season I would probably hire scott boras and juice the market for everything it’s worth.

  6. Emanny 5 years ago

    Wonderful move by Sandy. Working quick while making good decisions. I like that.

    • stl_cards16 5 years ago

      I don’t think this was much of a “decision” If he declined it he would of been taking a step towards the door already. I don’t think this will be one of the moves he will be judged on in the future.

  7. Sort of a no brainer, but then again, the Mets have often made moves without brainers.

    • oleosmirf 5 years ago

      not anymore, heres to hoping they finally learned something…

  8. cookmeister 5 years ago

    i wish the angels would trade for him

  9. slider32 5 years ago

    The Mets could be competitive next year by getting some pitching. I’m thinking Vasquez,and Pavano would put them in the mix.

    • Emanny 5 years ago

      Two guys that were terrible in NY. NO THANKS!

      • The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

        NL is a different beast

        • Emanny 5 years ago

          NY pressure remains the same.

          • The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

            no offense its a hell of a lot easier to perform to your ability on the mets than the yankees

    • i actually like the idea of signing javier vasquez. it wasn’t long ago that he dominated the NL when he was on the braves. if he would accept a one year deal for not too much money and lots of incentives, i’d say why not

      • His FB also averaged 91.1MPH in ’09 with the Braves while only averaging 88.7MPH this year with the Yankees. People can use the “ZOMG he sucked cuz he went 2 the AL!1″ all they want, but moving leagues doesn’t cause your FB to drop almost 3MPH. I’d take a flier out on him, but “buyer beware”. I definitely agree with you on the incentives, though.

  10. Ricky 5 years ago

    Reyes is my favorite Met but he will never get more than a 3 year deal bc of injuries

  11. mrmet128 5 years ago

    watch out, huge year for Jose next year.

    smart move, sandy.

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