Originally Posted by TRF
If that is the case, why not just let him walk? they won't get near what they will have to give up, and by give up i mean Reyes and a HUGE chunk of cash.
The only thing that makes any sense to me about picking up his option is they believe he is healthy and ready to go for a team that hasn't made a peep this off season.
I haven't followed the Mets/Reyes closely. Was it a team option? Player option? Mutual option. Honestly, I don't know.
Perhaps, if it was team option,the Mets view him as a valuable trading chip. If they can't trade him, they may be prepared to live with it. (famous shrug)
Maybe they think that if they can get a couple of pitchers to fill out their roster (Leake, Wood, Baily, Cordero?) plus a SS (Janish, Cozart) it's worth the trade even if they have to throw some money into the pot. Frankly, I don't know but I (nor almost anyone else) ever thought Lee would sign with Philly.