Report: Mets, Reynolds Deal Blocked by MLB

The New York Mets and Shayne Reynolds agreed on a deal that would have made the ex-Astro a Met. Problem is, the commissioner's office didn't have the same opinion. The deal was disallowed after they disgreed with the structure of the two seperate contracts that were put into place, ESPN reports.

Shayne Reynolds has been rumored recently to be extremely interested in joining the Mets because of his strong relationship with manager Art Howe and pitching coach Vern Ruhle from their days together in Houston.

The Mets currently do not have room to place the pitcher on the 40-man-roster, so, according to ESPN, they wanted to issue him a minor league contract and that would have allowed the organization to issue Reynolds less than the $300,000 major-league minimum.

The flaw, according to ESPN, is that both of those deals would have included either an option or buyout for 2004, but the Mets were told that they could not issue an option year unless it is a major-league contract.

He had spent his entire eleven-year career (1992-2002) with the Houston Astros compiling a 103-86 record with a 3.95 ERA before being released following last season. His best year came in 1998 when he went 19-8 with a 3.51 ERA in 233.3 innings.


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