The Mets reached out to Jose Reyes’ agent last week, but the free-agent-to-be shortstop said he doesn’t want to talk contract during the season.
“It is Jose’s desire to postpone any negotiations until after the season,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before Monday night’s Mets-Athletics game at Citi Field. “He wants to focus on baseball. So with that in mind, we will respect his wishes and hopefully pick up negotiations at the end of the season.”
Reyes, who is having an MVP-type season, said he wants to remain a Met his entire career. But if he does, it will be because he re-signs with them in the offseason, when 29 other clubs will also have a shot to sign him.
“I didn’t want any distractions,” Reyes said. “I just want to continue to play. We’re going to have plenty of time in the offseason to make this happen. I’m playing good right now and I want to continue that way. I think I’m in a good position to make a little run to make the playoffs so I don’t want any distraction.”
Reyes said he met at his home with his agent Monday for about two hours. They decided to postpone any talks until after the season.
“It’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s about me being comfortable. I don’t want any distraction on my mind.”
JETER RESUMES PRACTICE
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter threw for the first time Tuesday, including long toss, since going on the 15-day disabled list last week because of a strained right calf.
Jeter also worked out indoors and had treatment at New York’s spring training complex. He’s six hits away from 3,000 in his career.
Jeter limped off the field during a game on June 13 against Cleveland. It’s the first time since 2003 he’s been on the 15-day DL.
MADDON ADMITS VIOLATING RULE
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon admits he broke a rule when he let outfielder Sam Fuld warm up as a pitcher but pulled him before he threw a pitch Monday night.
Fuld pinch-hit in the top of the eighth against Milwaukee, then took the mound.
By rule, Fuld should have faced at least one Brewers batter. Instead, Maddon took out Fuld and brought in reliever Cesar Ramos.
The umpires said they thought Fuld was sore.
“We got away with violating a rule,” Maddon said Tuesday. “There were no shenanigans, no misinformation. I just think there was a miscommunication.”
Federal prosecutors are asking for a two-month postponement of home run king Barry Bonds’ next court date. … Astros outfielder Hunter Pence likely won’t return from a sprained left elbow until Friday. … Third baseman Chipper Jones returned to the Braves’ lineup against Toronto after missing four games with a right adductor strain. … Rangers reliever Darren O’Day (hip) is close to returning from the 60-day disabled list.