Jose Reyes made it clear on Tuesday that he had no interest in discussing contract negotiations with the New York Mets until the season was over. Today, Reyes said he had no prior knowledge of all the stories claiming Yankees GM Brian Cashman never had any interest in the Mets third baseman and it's a non-factor as far as Reyes is concerned.
"I don't know nothing about that, I don't worry about that," Reyes said on Thursday afternoon. "I play for the New York Mets, so I really don't care what they say, because I'm focused on this team."
While Derek Jeter rehabs on the 15-day DL, rumors swirled about the Yankees picking up Reyes before the trade deadline on July 31.
It's hard to believe the Yankees didn't give Reyes some thought. It sounds like Cashman is in spin control mode--especially with Jeter scheduled, but not certain, to return on June 29 and still six hits away from his milestone 3,000th basehit. It would be a PR nightmare.
"It's just not going to happen," said Cashman about getting Reyes. "We have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter and I think we have an everyday shortstop that would be playing for a lot of clubs in Eduardo Nunez. The Yankees don't have a need now or in the future for a shortstop."
On Tuesday, Reyes publicly said he doesn't want to discuss trades or contracts--with anyone--and hopes to put an end to all the speculation.
"Right now, I don't want any distractions," he said. "I just want to continue to play."
Reyes refusal to talk with the Mets could send the team into panic mode and unload him for a truckload of young talent. There must be some uncertainty in Metville that the financially-strapped team could compete with other teams if Reyes throws his name in the free-agent pool.
The Mets third baseman is batting .335 with 13 triples, 105 hits and 26 stolen bases. Reyes is having an MVP caliber season and even if the Yankees back away, there are plenty of teams with money which could use a player like Reyes down the stretch run.
There is still over a month until the trade deadline and, if the Mets fall out of contention, expect a deal of some kind.