We know that Jose Reyes will be one of the most sought after free agents this offseason. The question is, where will he sign? We are going to hear rumors surrounding all the big market teams, but many of them can seemingly be ruled out:
- Phillies – They are already expected to be close to their budget restrictions, could easily re-sign Jimmy Rollins and now need to factor in replacing Ryan Howard. I just don’t see where the money comes from.
- Yankees – With Derek Jeter’s age people are going to speculate that there’s a match. However, the Yankees have much more pressing needs (aka the starting rotation) and figure to turn their attention and budget elsewhere.
- Red Sox – Like the Yankees, pitching figures to be a much more glaring need. Plus, after they threw a lot of money at another speedster (Carl Crawford) with awful results, would it surprise anyone if they were a little bit more gun shy this offseason?
So, with those major markets seemingly out of the running, who will step up and offer the necessary money to sign Reyes? Let’s take a look: