NEW YORK (WFAN) – If you thought the Mets’ process to re-sign Jose Reyes would move as quickly as one of the All-Star’s trademark triples, think again.
According to the New York Daily News, New York won’t ink Reyes during their exclusive five-day negotiating window after the World Series ends. Instead, they’ll likely make “a modest offer,” step aside and see what other teams are willing to spend.
“The fan base would love for it to be that way, but a quick process would mean that he will not be a Met,” one insider told the paper. “Let him go do the dance, and see how (other clubs) value him. Why should we set the market?”
Reyes is certainly an interesting case.
There’s no doubt fans want him back. The 7 Line, a popular Mets-themed t-shirt company owned and operated by superfan Darren Meenan, launched hugely successful “Don’t Trade Reyes” and “Please Stay Jose” campaigns this season.
And, of course, Reyes is the reigning National League batting champion (not without controversy).
But how much money — and how many years — should the Mets, who are expected to cut nearly $30 million off their payroll in 2012, offer a fan favorite with troublesome hamstrings?
Team officials told the Daily News that the Mets will be able to go ahead with other offseason plans despite Reyes’ contract talks. Expected to be “heavy bidders,” according to the paper, are the Angels, Nationals and Marlins.
What about the Mets? Will they be content to sit on the hope of a hometown discount?
Should the Mets go hard and heavy after Reyes, or sit back and let the market shake out? Sound off in the comments below…