Jose is a prideful guy. Make no mistake about it; he hears the trade rumors.
For the once up-and-coming prince of New York, that has to be tough, and you can bet your bottom dollar he's working his tail off this winter to prove the naysayers wrong.
He's stated time and time again that he wants to finish his career in New York, and he'll be playing for a contract all season long in his first career walk year.
He has a lot to prove after missing 126 games to injury in 2009, but if last season was any indication, Reyes is still capable of recovering his pre-2009 form when he's healthy.
Jose played in 133 games last season, posting modest numbers of 11 HR, 54 RBI, .282 BA, and 30 stolen bases.
Compare that to his finest season of 2008 in which he performed to the tune of 19 HR, 81 RBI, .300 BA, and 64 stolen bases, and you'd say that Jose has much room for improvement.
However, to merely see Jose out on the field for the majority of last season, smiling and getting dirty like it was 2006, was a heartwarming sight if you're a Mets fan.
He's got a ways to go to revert to his old self, but 2010 was a step in the right direction. Expect him to take one giant leap in 2011, proving that he deserves the contract extension that at one time seemed inevitable.