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Fred Wilpon, the owner of the New York Mets, openly stated that Jose Reyes isn't worth "Carl Crawford money."
In May, Fred Wilpon told Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker that he would not pay Jose Reyes as much as the Red Sox paid Carl Crawford.
Then Crawford hit just .255 with 11 homers, 56 RBI and a .289 OBP while playing poor defense—evidenced by his -2.2 UZR and remembered by his failure to catch Robert Andino's walk-off hit.
Could Crawford's failure to play to the demands of his seven-year, $142 million contract lower the price for Reyes this offseason?
Potentially but not necessarily.
Crawford and Reyes have been compared and contrasted because of Wilpon's comments, but they're different players and different people.
Crawford, who played an instrumental role in Boston's collapse, thrived in Tampa Bay's small market but couldn't handle the constant attention and pressure he received in Boston.
On the contrary, Reyes has proven he can thrive in a big market like New York, but his injury history is a concern to potential suitors.
Crawford is just the latest position player to sign a lucrative, long-term contract and fail to produce to its demands.
Vernon Wells is the most notable. The Toronto Blue Jays signed the center fielder to a seven-year, $126 million deal in 2008. In the four seasons since, Wells has a .262 batting average, a .309 OBP and 91 home runs.
Even Mark Teixeira hasn't played to the value of $22.5 million per year—his power and fielding have been very solid, but his batting average has declined precipitously to .248 in 2011.
Teams may be more wary to throw $140 million at Reyes because of his injury history and other mega-deals that resulted in busts.
If the price for Reyes declines enough, the Mets, who freed up payroll space during the season, could re-sign their shortstop.