Reyes’ future has been speculated ad nauseam since the season’s inception. First, he was too injury prone to warrant a long-term deal. Then he began to post MVP statistics, thereby making his retention impossible. Then management had a change of heart and reached out to make an offer (talks were refused). What are the chances he stays a Met?
It depends on the market.
Reyes prefers the Mets and has not hesitated to say so at every turn. This is the organization he signed with at 16, the one he grew up in. And this never changed even after principle owner Fred Wilpon’s ridiculous outburst in New York Magazine.
There may not be a hometown discount, but the Mets will be given some slack by Reyes’ team when negotiations commence. Reyes will also have to be fairly realistic. The teams willing to toss the now-famous ‘Carl Crawford money’ at him will be limited, especially with the Red Sox and Yankees not involved in the bidding. Consider also his injury history and familiarity, and the price range could be within the Mets favor.
Reyes already counts toward $11 million of the Mets payroll this season. An increase of $9 million per, with almost $50 million coming off the books (despite a payroll reduction looming), isn’t prohibitive.