Last month there were reports that the Mets wanted a quick decision from Jose Reyes, but yesterday the free agent shortstop told Nick Klopsis of New York Newsday that the two sides haven’t even started contract talks.
“They’ll probably start up within the next few days, but right now everything is quiet,” Reyes said, reiterating that he’d like to re-sign with the Mets while adding that “this is a business and we just need to wait and see what happens.”
From now until five days after the World Series the Mets are the only team able to negotiate with Reyes, but the fact that they haven’t reached out to him yet is ultimately pretty meaningless. There’s almost zero chance of Reyes re-signing before hitting the open market, so while getting the ball rolling on negotiations may have some value it won’t keep the Mets from having to out-bid a bunch of other teams for him once the offers start flying.
Welp, it was probably worth the gamble given that the Angels were paying most of his salary. But the Rangers’ gamble on Josh Hamilton failed and now Josh Hamilton is a free agent. The club has given him unconditional release waivers.
Hamilton underwent surgery to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee back in June. During surgery it was discovered that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. This whole season was lost and, while Hamilton has one year remaining on his contract, the Rangers are clearly able to compete without him and could use the roster spot over the small chance that he could be an everyday player again.
Hamilton will earn $30 million next season, $26.41 million of which is being paid for by the Angels. Last year in 182 plate appearances with the Rangers, Hamilton hit .253/.291/.441 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. At age 35, it’s not hard to imagine that his major league career is effectively over.
With the continuing caveat that it is really weird and likely as uncomfortable as hell for all of those involved for this to be playing out so publicly, here is the latest news on the Doc Gooden/Daryl Strawberry/possible cocaine relapse story. From the Daily News:
Dwight (Doc) Gooden is insisting publicly that he doesn’t have a drug problem, yet more and more people want to help him — none more significant than the Yankees, who have reached out to say they’ll pay for any treatment he would consider getting.
That’s admirable of the Yankees, as is their refusal to comment on it further (the Daily News got this info from Strawberry). The Yankees, of course, gave both Strawberry and Gooden second chances in the 1990s when their addiction problems threatened their careers.