The Mets announced Wednesday night that they have exercised their $11 million option on shortstop Jose Reyes' contract. The team had the option of picking up the extension or paying Reyes a half-million dollar buyout, and new GM Sandy Alderson is thrilled that the team chose the former:
“Jose Reyes is one of the most dynamic players in the game and there never was any doubt about picking up his option,” said Alderson in a press release issued by the Mets.
He also added that signing Reyes to a long-term deal is in his plans. “A long term deal is not out of the question,” Alderson said. “It is something we can certainly discuss at a future date.”
Reyes played 133 games this past season, and hit .282 with 29 doubles, 10 triples (tied for 3rtd in the NL), 11 homers, 54 RBI and 30 stolen bases (tied for 7th in the NL). He earned his third All-Star game selection but could not play in the game due to injury.
“I can’t wait to get started again,” said Reyes. "This is where I began my career and this is where I want to stay. I want to do everything I can to help turn this around here. The last four years have been disappointing for everyone. We have to make it better and we will.”
Let's hope Reyes' words ring true and he can spark the team. It's likely that after missing most of the 2009 season and starting the 2010 season on the DL with a hyperactive thyroid, Reyes will be in great shape to begin the 2011 campaign.