Amed Rosario wants Jose Reyes -- the Mets' only major league free agent -- to return to the team in 2018.
"There's no words to it," Rosario, through an interpreter, told NJAM about his relationship with Reyes. "He's more than a friend, he's a brother and I've learned a lot from him."
"If it's God's will, he will be next year," Rosario added about Reyes being on the Mets.
Reyes and Rosario were at-times inseparable after Rosario's call-up last season, and Reyes had stated before Rosario's major league debut that he reminded him of a younger version of himself and that he was there to help him -- even though it could've negatively impacted his own playing time.
The 34-year-old Reyes, who hit .246/.315/.413 with 15 HR, 25 doubles, and seven triples in 145 games last season while making the league minimum, has stated numerous times that he would like to return.
The Mets recently picked up INF Asdrubal Cabrera's option for next season, but the team has not ruled out bringing Reyes back as well.
Aside from Cabrera, Gavin Cecchini, Wilmer Flores, Matt Reynolds, T.J. Rivera (who recently underwent Tommy John surgery), Dominic Smith, and David Wright are the other infielders on the Mets' 40-man roster.
Rosario, who is expected to be the starting shortstop next season, hit .248/.271/.394 with four HR, four doubles, four triples, and seven stolen bases in 46 games with the Mets in 2017 while being worth 1 DRS in 374 2/3 innings at short.