Mets fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
The Amazin’s have decided against moving Jose Reyes before the July 31 trade deadline, ESPN.con reported, preferring instead to risk losing their star shortstop to free agency after the season.
With the Mets hovering around .500 and trying to boost attendance, Sandy Alderson has decided that keeping the NL’s leader in batting average (.355), hits (126), and triples (15) is the best way to accomplish that.
Alderson may also have paved the way toward making Reyes a monster free agent offer after the season by clearing salary space with the trade of high-priced closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers.
Reyes, 28, returned Tuesday night from a 12-game stay on the disabled list and made an impact in the Mets’ 4-2 win over the Cardinals, following a diving stop with a nifty double-play on Albert Pujols’ grounder to preserve the lead. He also had his 44th multiple-hit game of the season.
Carlos Beltran’s place on the team, meanwhile, is hardly secure. Scouts from pennant contenders such as the Yanks, Red Sox, Giants, and Tigers, all of whom can use a right fielder with some pop -- he has 14 homers this year -- were in attendance Tuesday.
The Mets could trade Beltran for prospects while assuming most of the remainder of the $18.5 million they owe him this season.
“We’re talking like all of the other clubs are, and we‘ll see what develops over the next few weeks,” Alderson said, who said he‘s not ready to give up on the season yet.