06/18/11 4:59 PM ET
Reyes says 'no chance' he leaves current agent
By Aaron Taube / MLB.com
"I'm happy with Peter," Reyes said. "There's no chance I'm going to change my agent."
Reyes' response might come as a relief to the Mets front office, as Boras is known for getting top dollar for his clients on the free-agent market and would likely be against any sort of sign-and-trade deal at the Trade Deadline. Reyes is having a career season in the final year of a four-year, $23.25 million contract.
Reyes said he has spoken to Boras on the phone a couple of times, and that Boras and his associates had spoken to him both at Spring Training and at Coors Field when the Mets were in Colorado in May. Reyes also said several other agents have tried to woo him from Greenberg, and that Boras has tried to represent him since he was in the Minors.
Agents are allowed to talk with other agents' clients so long as they disclose all contact with players on 40-man rosters that they do not represent.
As a courtesy to the agency that has represented him since he was a teenager, Reyes told Greenberg he had been contacted by Boras and reassured him that he would not be changing representatives.
"I'm going to be honest with him," Reyes said. "I said, 'Peter, I'm going to be with you, so don't worry about anything. I'm with you. I'm happy with you, so don't think I'm going to let you go now because it's not going to happen.'"
Though there has been outside speculation that Greenberg could have done a better job with Reyes' most recent contract based on a more lucrative deal signed shortly after by Mets third baseman David Wright, Reyes said he thought Greenberg did a good job and that he was happy with his services.
Reyes said that he is still planning to hold off all contract negotiations until the end of the season, citing his need to focus on playing baseball and helping his team. He added that Chris Leible, one of Greenberg's associates and the godfather of two of his children, was coming to the stadium to talk to him Saturday.
"I put one thing on the side and continue to play," Reyes said. "I know there are a lot of rumors out there, but I don't worry about that. I just want to continue to play and continue to do good for this team, and we'll see what happens."
Mets manager Terry Collins was similarly confident that talk about the forthcoming negotiations would not get in the way of Reyes' play. The shortstop currently leads the National League in hitting with a .344 batting average.
"If there's one guy in the clubhouse I'm not worried about having that be a distraction, it's Jose," Collins said. "We talked about it earlier in Spring Training. We talked about how he's going to have to face that type of question all summer long, and he understood it. It's not going to be a big deal to him."
Aaron Taube is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.