I read Matt Cerrone’s take on whether the deal Carl Crawford signed last offseason would impact Jose Reyes this offseason. He writes:
I don’t think Crawford’s deal will impact the market for Jose Reyes as much as I initially thought. I figured seeing Crawford struggle might spook teams interested in Jose, considering both players rely so heavily on speed and are pushing 30. But, as more than one person told me (be it agents or front office people), each team will value these guys in different ways and they will reach those conclusions independent of one another.
He goes on to talk about the pressure of playing in a big fan and media market like New York or Boston and how Crawford wasn’t ready for it while Reyes has thrived in it, which I totally agree with. But I have a different opinion and take on the main thrust of his conclusion.
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