The past year has solely revolved around Jose Reyes and whether he will return in 2012 or skip town for a big payday. Many people, myself included, have criticized Sandy Alderson and the Mets for not acting sooner to lock the all-star shortstop. But upon further review, I am not sure he is healthy enough to complete a 7, 6, 5 or even 4-year contract at the level we saw in the first half of 2011.
The 28-year old speedster was well on his way to an MVP award in the first half, batting .354 in 350 at-bats, 30 stolen base and 40 extra base hits including 15 triples. After going down with several hamstring injuries throughout the second half of 2011, Reyes only compiled 187 at-bats, batting .305/.356/.428 with one triple and nine stolen bases.
The 50-point drop in batting average is not nearly as stunning to me as the 1 triple and 9 steals. This speaks volumes to the idea that Reyes was not 100% healthy and did not want to test his fragile legs upon his return from the disabled list.