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.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.