On the heels of Fred Wilpon’s stinging interview in The New Yorker, in which he claimed Carlos Beltran was a shadow of his former self and said Jose Reyes is not worth a big money contract, the beleaguered Mets owner apologized to his two star players Tuesday.
Reyes and Beltran were called into manager Terry Collins’ office this afternoon at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and took part in a conference call with Wilpon.
After the call, Beltran and Reyes each said they were not going to make a big issue out of Wilpon’s criticism.
“He’s the boss, he can say what he wants,’’ Reyes said a few hours before the Mets were to meet the Cubs in the opener of a three-game set.
“It surprised me,’’ Beltran said. “I have given all I can … but I won’t let this affect me.’’
In the magazine article, Wilpon said Reyes “thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money (seven years, $142 million). He’s had everything go wrong with him. He’s not going to get it.’’
The owner claimed Beltran is “65 to 70 percent of what he was," and was critical of David Wright, saying the third baseman is not a superstar. He also labeled the Mets a “s***** team.’’