Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes were dressed in “Mets Giving” T-shirts inside a locker room at Middle School 72 in Jamaica Tuesday, and they were plucking frozen turkeys out of boxes and lifting the spirits of 100 families for Thanksgiving.
The two Mets took turns stuffing the turkeys into blue sacks and handing them to the people in line at this event in conjunction with the team and Granderson’s “Grand Giving” campaign, his November effort to ease hunger in the New York and Chicago areas.
“It’s exciting,” Granderson said before heading to West Harlem to hand out 100 more turkeys.
Mets fans will be excited if Yoenis Cespedes decides to re-sign after opting out to become a free agent. Granderson put the odds at “50-50.” But Granderson, Reyes and other Mets players want him on their side again.
Reyes even made a pitch to Cespedes about a week ago.
“I talked to him to try to convince him to come back,” Reyes said. “But that’s something I can’t control. For sure, not only me, every player I talk to wants him back.”
The 31-year-old outfielder delivered 31 homers, 86 RBIs and a .280 average in his first full season in Queens.
“Of course, you’d like to have somebody of his caliber in our lineup because there’s not too many guys like a Yoenis Cespedes,” Granderson said. “If we get him, it’ll be a great thing for us. If we unfortunately don’t get him, then obviously we continue to keep moving forward.”
Granderson, Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto give the Mets a glut of lefty-hitting corner-outfield types. All have drawn trade interest. Granderson isn’t sweating it.
“I’ve been in rumors before that never panned out,” Granderson said.
The Mets will have Neil Walker back at second after he accepted his $17.2-million qualifying offer on Monday.
“It’s great to have Neil back,” Reyes said. “We know what he’s capable of doing on the field. He’s a great teammate, a great person.”
But his return seemingly leaves Reyes without a place to start. The 33-year-old leadoff hitter primarily played third after signing with the Mets on June 25, but David Wright hopes to be back from neck surgery.
Reyes could end up playing third when Wright takes a day off and backing up at short and second. Reyes mentioned the Mets also talked about the outfield last season.
“This offseason, I’m going to be working at every position, just to be ready for spring training,” Reyes said. “Wherever the skipper wants to put me, I’m going to be open to doing it.”
Reyes was suspended the first two months last season with Colorado for domestic violence. Closer Jeurys Familia was arrested on Oct. 31, also for an alleged domestic violence incident. Reyes said he didn’t want to speak about it because of the ongoing “legal process.”
“I talked to him, but not about that matter, just to say hello and see where he’s at,” Reyes said. “I don’t want to touch base with him on that.”