By: Clayton Collier
Jose Reyes, spark plug of the franchise, barring a trade, will be back once again taking the field come April for the New York Mets. It was never a question whether the twenty seven year old speedster's option would be picked up but rather if a long term deal was in order.
"Jose Reyes is one of the most dynamic players in the game and there never was any doubt about picking up his option," said newly installed GM Sandy Alderson "A long-term deal is not out of the question. It is something we can certainly discuss at a future date."
A future date indeed, the Mets, given their tight budget this off season will most likely discuss an extension later in the off season or even next year. Reyes will make $11 Million in 2011.
In 2010, Reyes made roughly $9.5 million. Reyes had an up-and-down year battling through injury and going on just ridiculous tears. He finished the season with a .282 average, 11 homers, 54 RBIS, 30 stolen bases in 133 games. Reyes is looking forward to hopefully having an injury free season for the first time since 2008. Reyes has only played 169 games in 2009 and 2010 combined.
Reyes stated that he has no interest in being anywhere else but the Mets. He said he wants to lead the Mets to a championship, something all of us would be more than happy to observe.