LOS ANGELES -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson offered his most blunt comments yet regarding the future of Jose Reyes, reiterating Thursday that he has no plans to trade his All-Star shortstop."I think it's very unlikely Jose will be traded this season, and that's without regard to his injury," Alderson said. The Mets placed Reyes on the disabled list earlier Thursday with Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring. Keeping Reyes through the end of this season, however, does not necessarily mean that the Mets will retain him. Contrary to a published report, the team has no immediate plans to discuss a new contract with Reyes, respecting the impending free agent's wishes to delay negotiations until after this season. "There's nothing to it," Chris Leible, one of Reyes' agents, said Thursday afternoon. "Nothing's happened." The New York Post reported earlier Thursday that the Mets planned to begin negotiating with Reyes, using last month's vow of inactivity as a smokescreen to deflect media attention. Both Leible -- who represents Reyes along with Peter and Ed Greenberg -- and Alderson denied that allegation. "Nothing has changed in the last couple weeks," Leible said. "I'm not really sure where the report came from." "We reached out," Alderson said, referring to last month's talk with Reyes and his agents. "They respectfully declined, which was an appropriate response on their part, so we honored that. There is nothing going on otherwise. Even secretly. Even super-secretly." Reyes is eligible to become a free agent after this season for the first time in his career.
Evans earns another shot with Mets
LOS ANGELES -- Because Nick Evans had no way to soften his 0-for-12 stretch with the Mets earlier this season, he did the next-best thing. Almost immediately upon returning to Triple-A Buffalo, Evans ripped off a 19-game hitting streak, upping his overall Minor League average to .329 in 57 games."It's just one of those things where I happened to get hot," Evans said. "I just tried to keep things simple and just tried to get hits." In large part because of that hot streak, the Mets recalled Evans on Thursday to replace the injured Jose Reyes on their roster. Though he started Thursday's game at first base against Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw, Evans should see most of his action off the bench as a right-handed pinch-hitter. "He's been swinging great right now, and against Kershaw, you need a pretty good right-handed bat because he can be pretty tough," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "So I thought I'd get him in there." "Sometimes things are going well, sometimes they're not," Evans said. "They just happen to be going well for me the last few weeks."
Mets sign seventh-round pick Frenzel
LOS ANGELES -- The Mets announced Thursday that they have signed first baseman Cole Frenzel, the team's seventh-round selection in last month's First-Year Player Draft.Frenzel, 21, hit .346 with three home runs and 48 RBIs in 60 games this season for the University of Arizona, leading all Pac-10 players with a .461 on-base percentage. He became the 23rd Draft pick to sign with the Mets. The team has until Aug. 15 to sign outfielder Brandon Nimmo, its first-round selection.
Tickets available for Davis' charity dinner
LOS ANGELES -- Tickets are still available for the first annual "A Night with Ike Davis" charity dinner on Sunday, July 17, at Michael's Restaurant in Brooklyn. The dinner will benefit Solving Kids' Cancer, a non-profit charity created by two fathers who lost children to pediatric cancers.The Mets first baseman is hosting the dinner in honor of his childhood friend, Mike Lio, who succumbed to Ewing's Sarcoma in 2009 at age 22. The event will feature a question-and-answer session with Davis, as well as several raffles and prizes. All proceeds will benefit SKC, along with The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.
Mets southpaw Johan Santana's scheduled bullpen session Thursday was postponed due to rain in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Santana, who is recovering from left shoulder surgery, will attempt to throw Friday before beginning a Spring Training-like progression, which should put him on track to return to the Mets at some point in August. The Mets plan to have a relief pitcher ready, likely D.J. Carrasco, in case R.A. Dickey experiences a reoccurrence of the left glute soreness that forced him out of last Sunday's game. Dickey, who threw a bullpen session earlier this week without issue, will start Friday's opener in San Francisco.