Mets Notes: Reyes, Managers, Valentine, Ricciardi

The big, if expected, news out of Citi Field today is the Mets exercising their 2011 option on Jose Reyes.  Let's look at some reaction to the move and a few more items concerning the Mets…

  • Though Sandy Alderson is open to the idea of holding onto Reyes and David Wright over the long term, he also "would prefer not to give out many 'second-generation' long-term contracts for six-year free agents," reports's Anthony DiComo.  For the record, Wright's contract runs through 2012 and is worth $29MM, plus the Mets have a $16MM club option on the third baseman for 2013.
  • Andy Martino of the New York Daily News gets some thoughts on Reyes from an anonymous scout, executive and rival player.
  • Dave Jauss and Bob Melvin will interview for the manager's job on Thursday, reports Adam Rubin of  Rubin adds that Wally Backman and Chip Hale are also expected to be interviewed in the near future.  (both Twitter links)
  • Bobby Valentine's chances of managing the Mets are "next to nil," says Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman.  With just the Mets and Pirates (who apparently have their finalists chosen) in the market for a new manager, it appears that Valentine's return to a major league dugout will have to wait until at least partway through the 2011 season.
  • Before becoming a special assistant to Alderson, J.P. Ricciardi was a Red Sox employee for a day, reports's Kirk Minihane.