Jose Reyes, the 2011 NL batting champion, has all the components of a franchise player. He's extremely talented, has a fiery passion for the game and can fill seats.
Unfortunately for Reyes and the New York Mets, the shortstop has had bouts with injuries throughout his career. A hamstring injury limited him to just 53 games in 2004, which was supposed to be his first full season in the majors.
After four healthy seasons, Reyes injured his calf and hamstring and played in 36 games in 2009. In 2010, the shortstop missed 29 games because of a hyperactive thyroid gland and other minor injuries.
Reyes hit .337 this season, led MLB with 16 triples and earned a spot on the NL All-Star squad. However, a nagging hamstring injury forced him to miss 36 games.
Maybe Reyes doesn't deserve "Carl Crawford money," just like Mets' owner Fred Wilpon claimed in May. But he'll be 28 years old at the start of the season, leaving him with several potentially potent seasons.
When Reyes is healthy, he is one of the best shortstops in baseball and one of the few players who can ignite his team with his passion and play.