NEW YORK (WFAN) – If Jose Reyes is indeed looking for a Carl Crawford-type contract (seven years, $142 million), it seems he should start his search outside Flushing.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets “are not comfortable” offering more than four years to the All-Star shortstop.
Six or seven years? That “almost certainly will not” happen, Martino reported, citing sources.
Last week, the paper warned the Flushing faithful that New York will likely make “a modest offer,” then step aside and see what other teams are willing to spend.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted this week that Reyes’ free agency “is going to be a slow process.”
“We’re not going to punt 2012 if Jose doesn’t re-sign,” he said.
The question is: 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?
And will Reyes find a new home with the highest bidder, or stay in Queens on what’s likely to be a hometown discount?
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