MLB Trade Rumors: Mets Jose Reyes Doesn't Care Yankees Don't Want Him

Ash MarshallSenior Analyst IJune 23, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets walks to his position after making the third out against the Oakland Athletics on June 22, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said Thursday he was not concerned about comments made by Yankees GM Brian Cashman claiming the Yankees were not interested in the All-Star.

The New York Daily News ran a story Wednesday saying the Bronx Bombers didn't need a shortstop now or in the future.

But speaking to media in the clubhouse before the Mets series finale with the Oakland A's, Reyes said he hadn't heard the comments and that he didn't care about the speculation across town.  

"I don't know nothing about that. I mean, I don't know. I don't worry about that," Reyes said. "I play for the New York Mets. I don't care what they say. I'm focused on this team."

Trade speculation will be ripe for the next five weeks until the July 31 deadline despite the fact that Reyes has stated he will not discuss a contract extension until the end of the season.

Still, the constant mid-season rumor mill appears to be frustrating the All-Star, who seems fed up with discussing the topic.

"It's tough, man, when you have to answer the same question every day," he added. "I mean, I've been answering the same question since spring training. I just want to be focused on playing baseball and not answering the same question every day. I just want to be relaxed and able to enjoy the game as much as I can. I'm not worried about anything."

Speaking about the fact that he's constantly under media scrutiny despite saying he won't make a decision for several months, Reyes said he hoped the topic would die down until the offseason.

"I mean, yeah, I hoped so," he said. "Me and my agent don't like to talk about the contract during the year so basically that's what we're saying. Right now my focus is continuing to play baseball without any distraction."

Yankees' Cashman is the latest to weigh in on Reyes' future, even if it wasn't to draw the Dominican to the Bronx.

“That’s just not going to happen," he told the Daily News. “We have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter...and an everyday shortstop that would be playing for a lot of clubs in Eduardo Nunez. The Yankees don’t have a need now or in the future for a shortstop.”

Reyes said he is taking it all in his stride: "I do what I do best - play baseball. The other stuff takes care of itself. Right now I just need to focus on playing baseball and not worry about anything else."


Ashley Marshall is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained in person unless otherwise stated.