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…

Comments (10)
  1. gmancat says:

    Just let him go. We have Reyes Light (Ruben Tejada) anyway. None of these long term contracts have ever worked out for the Mets or anyone else. It’s a no brainer.let San Fran. have him and all his leg problems. It was however a fun eight years.

  2. joe says:

    hey mike you must be a loser yankee fan. Last I check the yankees didn’t win either and spent alot of money on all their players. I’m a Mets fan and don’t think they should sign anyone for 20 million a year. It’s a waste of money. Look at AROD is he worth 30 million a year LOL

    1. Mike says:

      Josephine, how can you call a Yankees fan a loser when you’re a fan of the Mets. Mets haven’t won a title in 25 yrs & have spend billions, $140 mil this year alone and ended in 4th place, even the Nats had a better record.

      That Josephine is what a true LOSER is. Stop you’re crying, you sound like a girl.


  3. TeamStevie says:

    The smart move is to let Reyes go and get the draft picks. The Mets aren’t winning any championships in the next 2 or 3 years and Alderson and company know it. If you think Reyes is breaking down too often now, just wait a couple of years. 5-6 or 7 years at $15 to 20 mill per for that? No way, Jo– well, you get the point,

  4. Tony James says:

    David Wright to the Phillies for SP Vance Worley, OF Dominic Brown and a minor leaguer. This was Wednesday’s rumor. Would you do it?

    1. Jeff says:

      the question is why would the Phillie do it. They just decided to let Oswat go. Worley won 11 games & just 24 yrs old. So why would the Phllies now trade a young up & coming starting pitcher for Wright who’s on a career downfall.

  5. Darren Meenan says:

    Thanks for the mention guys!

  6. ace11 says:

    Where’s Rich Coutinho

    He Guarnteed Reyes would be back

    Reyes is GONE

  7. Mike says:

    Where are all the Mets fans now, who were so sure the Mets where going to re-sign Reyes.

    This is the Mets organization telling Reyes you’re not a good as you think you are and telling Mets fans to stop believing that this guy is a great player because he’s not.

    This is the Mets organization telling Reyes go seek what you think your worst because we know you’re not worst that middle of the line-up money you want.

    This is the Mets organization telling Mets fans we’ve never won with the over-rated loser and we never will.

    This is the Mets organization telling Reyes & the Mets fans tell your story walking.

  8. Grove Peate says:

    Cheap classless Wilpon’s…I hope this is the straw that breaks the fan’s backs.

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