Members of the New York Mets front office have reportedly met with representatives of free-agent Jose Reyes, according to ESPN.com. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson tells the site, however, that he does not expect a deal to come quickly with the team’s star shortstop.
"Things are going to go slowly, which I think is typical of most if not all free agents," Alderson told ESPN. "Very few sign during the exclusive period."
The exclusive period which Alderson references refers to the period between when a player may file for free-agency and when open bidding begins. Outside teams are allowed to begin bidding on free-agents this Thursday. Reyes, 28, is finishing up a four year deal initially worth $23.25 million. In 2011 the Mets exercised their club option and paid Reyes $11 million where he produced arguably his best season to date. The four-time All-Star led the league with a .337 batting average and 16 triples.