Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Wilpon on Reyes, Einhorn: 'No comment'
By Mike Mazzeo
Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon held court with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, but he didn’t have much to say.
Asked if he’s going to have conversations with team executives about shortstop Jose Reyes’ uncertain future with the club, Wilpon had no comment.
He also had no comment when asked to give an update on the organization’s impending deal that will make David Einhorn a minority partner.
“I think you answered it yourself,” Wilpon said. “No, I can’t say anything about it. Sorry.”
Wilpon was asked about the cash-strapped team potentially adding payroll if they’re in contention around the trade deadline.
“What I said is (general manager) Sandy Alderson will come with his recommendations, and we’re open to whatever direction he wants to go. We’ll have that discussion,” Wilpon said. “We’ve had plenty of them already on the direction we may be going, but Sandy has the ability to do what he has to do so that this team gets to as a high a plateau as it can get to.”
Asked about the potential of being a buyer or seller, Wilpon responded: “I think it’s very difficult to predict what’s going to happen in the next couple weeks. That’s why there’s a deadline that’s out there, and when that deadline approaches I’m sure Sandy will have a plan that he’ll present, and he’s very good at being persuasive in what he’d like to do.”
Wilpon did, however, praise manager Terry Collins for the job he’s done despite all the injuries his team has faced.
“Terry’s been awesome. He’s been great,” Wilpon said. “He’s done exactly what we thought he was gonna do when we were going through the interview process, and he’s keeping the team where it needs to be. And when we get some of the guys back, hopefully (we’ll) be able to make another push up, and we’ll be able to break through the .500 ceiling and make a run at things.”