Jose Reyes’ days in a New York Mets uniform are numbered, that much is clear. His contract is up in six months, and based on what the Mets’ ownership group has shown its fans over the past couple of years, it will nearly impossible for them to sign Reyes to an extension.
What remains to be seen is whether Reyes is traded to a contender this season for prospects, or if he leaves via free agency. Either way, these will be his last days as a Met.
The early speculation is that Jose Reyes’ will look for a Carl Crawford-type contact on the free agent market. A player with Reyes’ injury history would almost guarantee skepticism from teams willing to pony up the cash. Will Reyes’ remain on the field long enough to be deemed worthy of such a large contract?
Carl Crawford was a more consistent, reliable player heading into his free agency year. However, Reyes is two years younger than Crawford and he plays a premier position. If you simply compare them on their raw skills, it would difficult to say Crawford is as talented as Reyes, who might have more physical skills than any other player in baseball.
When healthy, he is one of the most dynamic players in the game who plays Gold Glove-caliber shortstop, wreaks havoc on the base-paths and has enough pop in his bat to hit anywhere in the order.
However, I can’t see a situation where a team would be willing to pay $142 million and over seven years. The guess is the bidding begins somewhere in the four-to-five year range around $80-$90 million, with negotiations finishing up with six guaranteed years and about $115 million.
The five teams that follow are the ones that can afford to shell out that type of contract AND would have a need for Reyes.