Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mets Morning News: Reyes To DL, Contract Negotiations, Breaking Records

It appears Jose Reyes will be placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. According to Adam Rubin, Nick Evans has been called up from Triple-A Buffalo.
"We have to see what is going to be the best-case scenario for me," said Reyes, who leads the majors with a .354 average. "If I have to go (to the DL), if I really need to go, I have to do it."
A Little side note: This year's All-Star Game will be the third All-Star Game Reyes will have to miss because of injury.

According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, the Mets will begin secret negotiations to re-sign Jose Reyes during the season.
Last month, general manager Sandy Alderson announced he had reached out to Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg, to begin dialogue, but was rebuffed. Reyes also indicated he wanted to focus on baseball and not contract issues. But one of the sources called the proclamations by Reyes and Alderson a likely "smokescreen" designed to protect the player and organization from dealing with daily questions about the negotiations.

By keeping discussions secret, the Mets would also protect Reyes from fan backlash should he reject an offer that might be deemed fair by the public, but under market value by Reyes̢۪ camp.
As Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal points out, Justin Turner is on pace to set a new team record for getting hit by pitches.
On average, he has been hit once every 38.7 plate appearances. And if he continues to get plunked at that rate, assuming he remains in the starting lineup, he will set a Mets single-season record for baseballs absorbed by the human body. The current record of 13 belongs to Ron Hunt, who set it in 1963, and John Olerud, who tied it in 1997.

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