January 20, 2011
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes(notes) is about to head into his final season under contract, and he's saying that he's "100 percent" healthy and not worried about free agency, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
He's costing the team $11 million this season. New Mets GM Sandy Alderson is "wary of long-term deals" and wants to observe Reyes during spring training before attempting to strike an extension.
Reyes and his agents, though, don't want to talk about an extension during the season, the paper notes. "I don't want to talk about any contract during the season," Reyes said, the paper notes, "because I want to be focused on trying to help this team win a lot of ball games. So I don't want to hear about anything like that. I just want to play baseball for now."
The 27-year-old played in 36 games in 2009, and hit .282 in 133 games last season.
Reyes thinks he can return to the form he had years ago. "There's no doubt in my mind, if I play 150 games, I'm going to be productive," Reyes said, the paper reports. "I'm going to do what I did before the last two years."