This year's free agent class has some big bats. With the likes of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder due to enter free agency, Jose Reyes could be just as important to some teams.
Reyes has been having a career year this season for the Mets. He is the kind of hitter that can jump start a lineup with his speed, fielding and enthusiastic personality. The Mets have already said he will not receive "Carl Crawford money" (seven years for $120 million), but odds are some team is going to offer Reyes that money.
Reyes has been on the disabled list twice this season, raising questions about his durability. This will probably lower his contract offers from teams afraid to commit money to an injury-prone player. This is definitely an advantage for the Mets, who will probably be able to match the highest offer and be able to retain Reyes' services.
Reyes is a very valuable commodity, especially at shortstop, where elite players are few and far between. The Mets are going to be careful with their wallets, but would love to have him back.
Just in case the Mets fail to sign Reyes, here are the next five teams who would be ready to try and sign him.
NOTE: I did not put the teams in order of how likely they are to sign Reyes.