The Mets are willing to negotiate a contract extension with Jose Reyes, a team source tells Andy Martino of the Daily News.
Reyes is currently in the final year of a four-year, $23.25 million contract. The Mets hold an $11 million club option for next season, but would like to replace the option year with a new multi-year contract. Nothing will be finalized during the season, however, and the two sides have yet to discuss the matter. Either way, the Mets reportedly aren’t concerned about Reyes’ various health dramas over the past year and a half and appear committed to him for the foreseeable future.
The 27-year-old shortstop is batting .278/.318/.414 with seven home runs, 39 RBI, 62 runs scored and 21 stolen bases this season. While locking him up would be popular among many Mets fans — myself included — it’s worth noting that his current 731 OPS is the lowest since his first full big league season in 2005. His defense has also declined over the course of the last three seasons, according to UZR.
The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.
Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.
While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.