Mets shortstop Jose Reyes admitted it will be difficult to ignore thoughts over his future as he prepared for what could become his final homestand at Citi Field, the New York Post reported Saturday.
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Reyes insisted he has not thought about his impending free agency or the possibility of leaving the Mets all year, but accepted that could change over the next week.
"Right now, it’s not on my mind," Reyes said before Friday night’s game against the Phillies was postponed. "The next couple of days, maybe it will get into my head. This is the only team I’ve played for and I don’t know if I’ll be back next year."
Reyes, who is hitting .329, also has a batting title to concern himself with. He is up against Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (.329), and the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (.326).
"If I put that stuff in my head, I don’t perform like I want to," he said. "I don’t change anything now. I’ll stay with the same approach."
Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged that Reyes could be affected by the situation.
"I thought about that on the plane [Thursday] night," Collins said. "Would these be his last games [as a Met]? My first thought was, ‘This guy has enough on his mind, with his legs, the contract, the batting title…’ I’m going to bring him in and talk about a couple of things. I think it’s gonna be a hard six days with huge distractions."
"I have a lot of great memories here," Reyes added. "I don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ll find out soon."