At the end of the 2011 season, the Mets' front office will have a very big decision to make: Should they re-sign star shortstop Jose Reyes? Or should they let him test the free-agent market?
In a way, it would make perfect sense for the Mets to re-sign Reyes. He has been the catalyst of the team ever since his breakout season in 2005. Reyes brings a lot of positive energy to the field and he is arguably one of the top shortstops in all of baseball. Furthermore, he has been having a career season in 2011, so does this mean that he may have more similar seasons to come?
On the other hand, there are potential drawbacks to re-signing Reyes. He is most likely going to demand a contract in the five- or six-year and $100-120 million range. Due to the lawsuit against Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and team president Saul Katz, the Mets may not have enough to both re-sign Reyes and make other upgrades to the major league roster.
General manager Sandy Alderson, according to The Newark Star-Ledger, "maintains a reluctance for long-term contracts with players approaching their 30s." Reyes is currently 28 years of age and will likely be 33 or 34 when his next contract expires.
The other factor is that the Mets will not be the only team going after Reyes this winter. Being that he will most likely be the best shortstop on the free-agent market, his demand could be very high from a good number of teams. Here are five other teams that are likely to make a push towards signing Reyes.