Found October 21, 2011 on MetsOnline:

Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote that he spoke with five Mets executives about the possibility of resigning Jose Reyes. All five of them said that they do not believe he will be a part of the team going forward.

One executive said, “I don’t think it is happening with the shortstop.”

Photo: By Michael G. Baron (2011)

Another executive said, ”We do want to re-sign Reyes, but not at something crazy. If that one team steps up and blows him away, I think he will be wearing another uniform. If not, we’ll be in play.”

Sherman cites injury, financial problems, and the belief that another team will outbid the Mets as the main reasons we will not be able to resign Jose Reyes.

Sherman’s “suspicion is the Mets don’t want to offer more than four years with an option. But with Florida, Washington, Atlanta and Milwaukee as potential strong pursuers, Reyes just might get in the six-year, $114 million-plus range.”

My confidence level in Reyes being a Met for 2012 and beyond is lowering each day. Last offseason, I was sure that he would be a Met for the rest of the career, and as the season went by, and he played incredibly, I really believed that he would stay. After his injury and after not being traded at the deadline, I knew he would stay.

But, ever since September, it has just gotten worse and worse. This article turned my 55 to 45 (in favor of Reyes staying) into a 40 to 60.

I still have hope, but not as much as before. If Reyes loves New York, wants to win with this team, and loves the fans, why can’t he just take a pay cut of a couple million dollars?!?! Come on man…


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