Report: Mets want quick free agent decision from Jose Reyes

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Jayson Stark of ESPN.com passes along some “buzz” from “one source who’s tight with the Mets brass” who says they’ll want a yes or no from Jose Reyes quickly once he becomes a free agent.

According to Stark “if Reyes’ preference is to test the market, collect offers and then ask the Mets to counter, there are indications that the Mets don’t want to play by that script.”

Of course, every team interested in re-signing every star free agent would prefer not to get involved in a long, drawn out bidding war.

If the Mets want to blow Reyes away with a huge offer I’m sure he’d be open to signing quickly, but short of that happening I’m not exactly sure why he’d want to do them any favors by not maximizing his potential value on the open market. Reyes should be able to surpass $100 million with or without the Mets’ involvement.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.