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David Wright hopes Jose Reyes doesn't sign elsewhere

David Wright and Jose Reyes look on after

David Wright and Jose Reyes look on after an inning against the Braves. (Aug. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

David Wright said "it's probably too early to start judging" where Jose Reyes ends up, but acknowledged early indications are it's a long shot the Mets retain the shortstop.

"You see the kind of interest Jose's getting," Wright said last night. "You knew he was going to get it, but it finally kind of hits home when you hear the different reports about him speaking to different teams and everything. You know that it's a possibility that he's not here."

Multiple reports have Reyes meeting with the Marlins Wednesday. A slew of other teams appear interested and few expect the Mets to be able to afford what the shortstop likely can get elsewhere.

Still, Wright can hope.

"I don't know what he's going to do but I know what I want him to do," Wright said in Manhattan before the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter's 17th Lou Gehrig Sports Award Benefit, at which he was being honored. "That's to be to my left next year. I've shot him a couple text messages here and there, nothing about baseball, but I guess that's the eternal optimist side of me is that he'll be to my left in spring training. Hopefully, the organization values Jose maybe the way I do."

Wright said he hasn't spoken to anyone in the front office since the season ended, other than texts with Jeff Wilpon and phone conversations with Terry Collins.

Wright said he's been in Virginia most of the offseason but has heard the trade rumors about himself, mostly from friends.

"I don't think it's surprised me," Wright said of the trade talk. "From very early on playing in New York, you realize you try to control the things you can control and I have no control over that. As much as I enjoy playing here, as much as I'd like to be here from beginning to end, you know that's not always the case.

"Sometimes it doesn't work out the way you plan it to work out . . . For the most part, I'm not into it on a daily basis saying, 'I'm going here, I'm going there, I'm going to be traded, I'm not going to be traded.' You'll drive yourself crazy if you sit there and you try to figure out everything that's reported or everything that's rumored."

Perhaps his most succinct statement came moments earlier when discussing Reyes.

"If Jose goes," Wright said, "I guess anybody can go."

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