Jose Reyes is starting swinging a bat and taking grounders, but that’s the extent of it. He won’t test is strained left hamstring until the weekend.
Even if he is cleared to begin running this weekend, there are several steps to the process: 1) jogging, 2) half speed, 3) three-quarters speed, 4) full speed, 5) changing directions defensively, and 6) running the bases.
The Mets are saying they don’t expect Reyes back when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list, Aug. 23. Considering their history in this, we might not see Reyes before September, and after his return there will be questions about his capacity.
Health has always been a factor with Reyes, and two stints on the disabled list on top of his injury history won’t keep the suitors away, but he’s losing money daily.
There will also likely be a reduction in years offered. Seven years is off the charts. There’s no way the Mets will offer that, and also out of the question is the early reported figure of $120 million.
If Reyes’ return is delayed much past September, you might be seeing the contracts offered in the four, five-year range.