Although it is not certain that José Reyes has played his last game in a Mets uniform, it seems very likely that the star shortstop will find a new home this winter.
Reyes is coming off one of the best years of his career. He hit 7 HR and 44 RBI while posting an NL-best .337 average.
Without No. 7 at shortstop, the Mets are a completely different team, a worse team. They would love nothing more than to bring back Reyes.
Unfortunately for the Amazin's, Reyes carries a high price tag. In order to retain the four-time All-Star this offseason, they will need to present him with a huge, multi-year deal.
The prospect of offering a a multi-year deal to a 28-year-old injury-prone shortstop whose game is built on speed is far from the ideal for general manager Sandy Alderson.
More importantly, the Mets are still feeling the ill effects of the Bernie Madoff scandal. Thus, they are limited financially and likely won't be able to win a bidding war with potential competitors.
So, Mets fans should prepare for José-geddon. Yes, No. 7 is likely headed out the door.
Now it's time to look to the future. Here are seven possible Reyes replacements.