Originally Posted by remdog
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.
Team option. from a business standpoint, picking up his option to trade him makes zero sense. From a baseball standpoint, picking up his option to trade him makes zero sense.
The only thing that does make sense is keeping him, because there are maybe 3-4 teams that can take that contract even for one year. And those teams have SS's.