Reyes clearly wants to take his talents to a playoff contender. Who can blame him?
The ineptitude of the Mets over the past few years—most notably the consecutive late-season collapses in 2007 and 2008—is enough to drive any potential free agent away. Reyes is in the prime of his career and is looking to make the most of his abilities while he can.
There are several teams in need of a potential franchise player like Reyes, especially since he plays at a key position. When healthy, Reyes has the talent to change a game—most MLB front office employees will tell you that signing a player of his caliber would upgrade a team both offensively and defensively.
Reyes’ suitors know the risks inherent with signing the oft-injured shortstop, but the promise of his skills on the field will likely outweigh any misgivings a GM might have.
Here are the teams that should be working the hardest to sign Jose Reyes this offseason because even 130 games a season from him are worth full-season money.