Jose Reyes doesn't want to retire and he hopes to again play for the Mets next season, he told reporters Tuesday, according to the NY Post.
"I just want to enjoy each day and then we'll see what happens," Reyes said. "I'm just trying to enjoy my time here because you never know if it's going to be your last year or not. ... My body feels good. I feel healthy. We'll see if there's an opportunity."
In 183 sporadic plate appearances this season, he's batting .186 with 10 extra base hits, 10 RBI and five stolen bases in 81 games, while playing shortstop, third base, second base and, of course, one eventful inning on the mound.
He is batting .185 when starting the game, he's batting .186 when coming off the bench. He's batting .191 with the bases empty, he's batting .178 with men on base. When behind in the count, he's batting .066 in 61 plate appearances.
The point is, if he had enough at bats to qualify, Reyes would be on pace to for one the worst seasons in baseball history.
The only explanation for Reyes remaining on the Mets at this point in this specific season is nostalgia and bizarre moments like he had the other week when giving up two runs one night and hitting two home runs the next game...
Given his place in team history, there have been rumors of the Wilpons wanting to be sure Reyes has a respectful send off before saying goodbye to his time with the organization.
To be fair, despite his abysmal 2018, he did help them win a Wild Card in 2016. Also, he currently has the fifth-most total WAR in team history, with whom he is third in most games played. He also has for them the most stolen bases and has the second-most runs scored, hits and total bases. There is no arguing he is one of the most productive players to ever wear a Mets uniform.
That said, the Mets are basically playing the rest of this season to learn as much as possible about what is needed in 2019. And letting Reyes take at bats from Jeff McNeil and other, younger, potentially more useless infielders may end up hurting the team more than it helps.
My hunch is that if Reyes told the Mets today that he intended to retire after this season, they would do some sort of on-field celebration, let him say goodbye and that would be that.
However, by saying he wants to keep playing and - on top of that - adding that he'd like it to be with the Mets is probably putting the team in an awkward position.
The thing is, while I understand if Omar Minaya and the Wilpons are a bit sentimental as it pertains to Jose, especially given their history and dealings with his agents, the past is past.
The Mets have bigger issues at hand than Jose's legacy and ego. And, each day his situation drags out is another day they are not fully focused on improving their future.
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