ATLANTA — A day before Jose Reyes was expected to become a free agent, Mets Manager Terry Collins could not help himself. Asked about Reyes, an All-Star shortstop when he was with the Mets, Collins admitted that there had been discussions about how to use him should he re-sign with the team.
“We have nothing etched in stone because he’s not here,” Collins said before Friday’s 8-6 win over the Atlanta Braves. “Even though they’re not here, you’ve got to have some type of a plan in mind when he does get here.”
If Reyes is not claimed on waivers, he will be free to sign with any team starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Mets are interested in re-signing Reyes, 33, who the team believes could learn to play third base, bounce around the infield or even try left field. Indications were that the two sides were headed toward a reunion — and Collins was already talking that way.
“You have to…