On Sept. 28, 2011, Jose Reyes may or may not have played his last game in a New York Mets uniform. After nine seasons in the big city, Reyes is a free agent for the first time in his career. And considering the fact that he is the reigning National League batting champion, he will be paid handsomely by someone, if not the Mets.
The Mets could certainly still be in play for Reyes' services, however given the fact that David Einhorn backed away from his $200 million investment in the team, and given the fact that the Wilpons could still be on the hook for as much as $386 million in a lawsuit related to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, that scenario is highly unlikely.
Back in April, Wilpon told the New Yorker Magazine that Reyes wasn't worth Carl Crawford money. With the season Crawford had with the Boston Red Sox, he wasn't worth that kind of money, however Reyes certainly could be with the season he put together in 2011.
So, which teams are in the market for a slick fielding shortstop who can run like a deer, hit for a bit of power and lead the league in batting? Well, just about every team would give up a percentage of gate receipts just to find that particular player.
Well, maybe that's a bit much, but no doubt every team would love to have Reyes on their team. But only a few teams will have the resources available to grab Reyes up like a great find on a clearance rack.
Here is a list of teams that will be in the hunt for Jose Reyes during the offseason.