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Jose Reyes is a free agent-to-be after this season.
New York Mets' fans may want to skip over this slide.
With the impending free agency of Jose Reyes approaching, the New York Mets may find themselves forced to deal their star shortstop sooner rather than later. Of course, this will be a very hard move to swallow in Queens, with Reyes leading the league in batting average, hits, triples and runs scored.
However, thanks in large part to his incredible 2011 season, Reyes will likely land a Carl Crawford-like contract (seven years, $142 million), which may be out of the Mets' budget. And Reyes has already gone on record, saying he will not negotiate a contract during the season.
So if the Mets fall drastically out of the Wild Card race, and/or they determine that they will not be able to afford to keep Reyes, they may be left with no alternative but to deal him away.
The San Francisco Giants have a glaring hole at shortstop. Miguel Tejada, Brandon Crawford and Mike Fontenot have just not gotten the job done at the plate this year.
The Giants (or any other team for that matter) would likely have to give up a lot in return for Reyes. A starting point would be a major league-ready prospect and a young pitcher, both of which the Giants have in stock at the moment.