In the first big player move in his tenure as Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson has agreed to exercise the option on Jose Reyes’ contract. This means Reyes will get $11 million in 2011 with the possibility of signing a longer-term contract at a later date.
Those of you who were hoping a new GM would shake up the “core” may be disappointed by the move. If Reyes can stay healthy next season, the option should be worth it. If he has another season like he did in 2010, then it would just be the Mets’ luck, wouldn’t it? In hind sight, it also could turn out to be the first bad decision of Alderson’s reign. Clearly, Alderson still thinks Reyes is worthy as he said in the official statement.
What do you think of the decision?
Here is the official statement from the Mets:
FLUSHING, N.Y., November 3, 2010 – The New York Mets announced today that the club has exercised the $11 million option on Jose Reyes’ 2011 contract.
“Jose Reyes is one of the most dynamic players in the game and there never was any doubt about picking up his option,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.
“A long term deal is not out of the question,” Alderson added. “It is something we can certainly discuss at a future date.”
In 133 games this season, Jose hit .282, with 29 doubles, 10 triples, 11 home runs, 54 RBI and 30 stolen bases. He tied for third in the National League in triples and tied for seventh in stolen bases. Reyes was named to his third All-Star Game but as unable to play because of a strained right oblique.
“I can’t wait to get started again,” said Jose,” This is where I began my career and this is where I want to stay. I want to do everything I can to help turn this around here. The last four years have been disappointing for everyone. We have to make it better and we will.”
Since 2005, the Mets are 290-126 when Jose scores one or more runs. In his New York career, Reyes has put together five seasons with 30 or more triples, has amassed 83 triples, one of six active player with 80 or more triples, and reached the 1000 hit plateau quicker than any player in franchise history.
Reyes, 27, began the season on the Disabled List with a hyperactive thyroid. He also missed time during the season because of an injury to his right oblique.