Reyes has meant so much to the team over the years, but he will be asking for a lot of money this winter. He is an elite player and the Mets may not have the money to satisfy his demands. If Reyes walks, the team will be put in a dire situation and will need to find a new shortstop.
While the Mets do not want to let Reyes go, they may have to consider some of these other options.
Like Reyes, Rollins is seeking a long-term deal. However, Rollins will be significantly less expensive than Reyes.
If the Mets were able to sign Rollins, it would take away some of the sting of losing Reyes. This one may be a bit of a pipe dream, but the Mets have made some surprising moves in the past.
Taking away a player from your biggest rival, especially one who is a former MVP, is a big move. Rollins is still a talented player and he could help the Mets in many ways.
The St. Louis Cardinals are interested in bringing back Rafael Furcal after the 2011 season. Nick Punto may be without a spot in St. Louis and he is a free agent.
Punto may not be an outstanding option, but he could hold down the fort at shortstop for a year or two while the Mets try to figure things out. He also has World Series experience, which is something that many of the Mets do not have.
The most likely replacement for Jose Reyes is an internal option. Ruben Tejada has already played some shortstop for the Mets and was seemingly being groomed to take over for Reyes.
While his bat is never going to be outstanding, Tejada is fantastic defensively. He is just 22 years old and still has a lot of time to mature and improve.