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.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.