Failed sale doesn't have effect on players
"I think it has zero effect on us," said David Wright, who saw the news on TV when he arrived at the ballpark. "Obviously, the people upstairs know more about it than we do. We just read the headlines."
Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz pulled out of negotiations to sell a portion of the team to Einhorn, a hedge fund manager, for $200 million for fear of losing control of the team. Instead, they will look to secure a larger number of smaller investors.
Several players spoke highly of Einhorn, calling him nice, energetic and "a very smart" guy. But they stopped short of expressing concern about the unsuccessful deal.
"The uncertainty that rests is not with the people in here," R.A. Dickey said. "It's with the overall direction of the club from a corporate standpoint. The game doesn't change -- that's the beauty of baseball. No matter what happens between Jeff [Wilpon] and Einhorn or whoever else, it doesn't change once we run on the field.
"Ask me again in spring training, you may get a different answer. But the truth of it is, in this moment, I'm neither curious nor anxious about it."
With the Mets forced to look elsewhere for investors, questions about Jose Reyes' future with the Mets inevitably arose. But the shortstop again refused to discuss his offseason plans once he becomes a free agent, saying: "It's still too soon to discuss what's going to happen so we have to wait and see."
Reyes, who heard the Einhorn news from his agent, said he believes the Mets can be successful even without a high payroll.
"A couple weeks ago, we were playing very good baseball and we have some key player injuries," he said. "So I think we can still play very good baseball with the talent that we have. We just need to stay on the field."
Terry Collins said ownership's decision has no bearing on him and his players in the short term. "The only thing it means is when we walk into spring training next year, we look on the top of the lockers and see whose name's there and get those guys as good as we can get them," he said. "This stuff has nothing to do with us. We can't worry about it."