Report: Jose Reyes, Scott Boras meet

Updated: June 18, 2011, 3:23 PM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes may not be worth "Carl Crawford money" to owner Fred Wilpon, but if there's anyone who thinks he can get Reyes that type of dough, it's Scott Boras.

Boras, regarded as baseball's most powerful agent, has engaged in talks with Reyes about becoming his representative, according to a report on FoxSports.com, citing anonymous sources.

Reyes, 28, who can become a free agent at the end of the 2011 season, is currently represented by Peter E. Greenberg and Associates. One of Reyes' current agents, Chris Leible, is the godfather to one of his children.

ESPNNewYork.com left messages with both Greenberg and Leible late Friday night.

If Reyes does allow Boras to represent him, speculation is that Reyes likely would not sign with the Mets. Boras is known for bringing his clients the most money possible, and the Mets are unlikely to keep Reyes unless he takes a lesser contract.

According to the report, Boras met with Reyes in his native Dominican Republic over the winter, and again during the Mets' trip to Colorado in early May, sources said. Reyes also met with other agents in spring training, according to the report.

Boras isn't in violation of any rules, as agents are allowed to speak to rival agents' clients. The players' union only requires agents to disclose all contact with players on 40-man rosters that they do not represent.

Other agents have tried to sign Reyes in the past, according to the report, even after he signed a four-year, $23.25 million contract with the Mets in 2006. Third baseman David Wright inked a six-year, $55 million deal with the club shortly after, but despite that, Reyes has continued to allow Greenberg to represent him.

Despite being the subject of constant trade rumors and speculation surrounding his future, Reyes has put together a career year. He leads the National League with a .344 batting average, while ranking second in the NL with 24 stolen bases. His 12 triples rank first in the majors.

"I don't have that decision, man," Reyes said earlier this week. "I tell you guys over and over, I don't have that decision. I'm going to continue to play, to do my job, to help this team the most that I can. And it happens, whatever happens in the future."

Wilpon made headlines in late May after he told a reporter he didn't think Reyes was worth the seven-year, $142 million contract Crawford signed with the Boston Red Sox in the offseason.

"He thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money," Wilpon told the New Yorker. "He's had everything wrong with him. He won't get it."

According to the report, the Mets had hoped to offer Reyes in the neighborhood of $45-50 million over three years, but have come to the realization that won't be good enough.

A source told ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin three weeks ago that the cash-strapped Mets would be more inclined to deal Wright as opposed to Reyes, despite the fact that he's in a walk year.

"It will be a very ticklish situation because of what David has meant to the team for so long, but that's not a concern of [GM] Sandy [Alderson]," the source said. "There will be some capital there to spend on Reyes if they choose to go that direction. Now, he can't obviously get monster money. If Reyes wants monster money, no, the Mets won't keep him."

Alderson has indicated he is likely to approach Reyes' agents before the trading deadline to gauge how much the shortstop may be seeking as a free agent. The GM also will listen to trade offers before July 31.

"But it has to be a great deal" to trade Reyes at the deadline, the source predicted.

ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin and Mike Mazzeo contributed to this report.

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